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Cyle Walker sentenced in death of West Ocean City bar owner

Birthday celebration resulted in intoxication and altercation with Flynn

NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer

(Oct. 19, 2012) One week after his 27th birthday, Cyle Morgan Walker of West Ocean City was sentenced to three years incarceration in the death of bar owner Carey Flynn.

That death occurred after Walker had been celebrating his 26th birthday by going out and drinking with his father and girlfriend. After being thrown out of the Harborside Bar and Grill at the commercial harbor, he went to Flynn’s establishment, the 707 Sports Bar and Grill on Old Bridge Road.

During the July 11 trial in Circuit Court in Snow Hill, the 707 Sports Bar and Grill bartender testified that Flynn went outside, as he did each night, to move his car from the back of the building to the side so his wife would not have to walk so far. The ritual changed when he saw Walker urinating on the side of the building.

Flynn called for the bartender to join him outside and the bartender, closely followed by Flynn, walked in Walker’s direction to try to get him to leave the property. When they got close to him, Walker, who had been cursing at Flynn, grabbed Flynn’s shirt and threw a punch at him, although it was not clear whether the punch landed.

Flynn retaliated by grabbing Walker’s shirt and all three men fell to the ground. Walker fell on his back or side with his knees up, the bartender fell to the side and Flynn fell on top of Walker.

Unable to rise unassisted, Flynn was helped to his feet and to a nearby bench, where he sat, gasping for air as Walker cursed at him and made fun of him for having difficulty breathing. As Flynn’s symptoms worsened, he slumped forward and tumbled onto the ground. An ambulance carried him to the hospital where he died.

Autopsy results showed a tear in an adhesion near his intestines. The adhesion was caused by surgery a few years earlier and the altercation with Walker caused it to tear. The internal bleeding caused his death.

Judge Richard Bloxom found Walker guilty of involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault and disorderly conduct.

During the sentencing on Oct. 12, Bloxom sentenced Walker to three years in prison, with all but one year suspended, on the manslaughter charge. That sentence will be served in the county jail. He also gave Walker credit for the 95 days he already served in jail.

Bloxom also authorized work release, but limited it to five days per week. After his release from jail, Walker will be on supervised probation for three years. The assault conviction merged with the manslaughter conviction for sentencing purposes.

For the conviction of disorderly conduct, Bloxom sentenced Walker to two months in jail and fined him $500. Walker must also make restitution of $9,549 to the estate of Carey Flynn.

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