Man Charged In Fatal Hudson Valley Party Beating

NEWBURGH, NY (AP) – Authorities have charged a 25-year-old Hudson Valley man in the death of a man who was beaten with a baseball bat during a fight at a birthday party.

Police in the town of Newburgh charged Rodney Bethea of the city of Newburgh with second-degree murder Sunday.

Police say Bethea and 29-year-old Eddie Gordon of the city of Newburgh got into a fight inside a home where a birthday party was being held Saturday night. Officers say the brawl spilled outside, where Gordon was hit several times in the head with a bat.

Gordon was taken to a Newburgh hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Bethea is being held in Orange County Jail without bail. It couldn’t be determined if he had a lawyer.

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  • Carmen Gordon

    Eddie was my brother and regardless of what they argued over (which was stupid), he didn’t deserve to die that way! R.I.P Eddie

  • C.J.

    I bet the fight was over something stupid.

    • Oscar

      From my experience, and listening & watching T.V. I must say i have to agree with you all the way on this… it’s so sad how people are in this world..

  • Nonya

    I say we arm all Newburgh residents with baseball bats … That should get rid of half the problem there.

    • D3S1R33

      I bet you would not feel the same if it was your brother or father. Think before you say something ignorant again because nobody deserves to die like that.

  • northoftheborder

    another senseless, stupid act

    People younger than 40 are dying in disproportions due to stupidity, lack of focus/vision, and anger.

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