Hamilton man pronounced dead following altercation

HollidayBy RAY VAN DUSEN

Monroe Journal

HAMILTON – An altercation July 10 resulted in the death of one man and a manslaughter charge for another. According to Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley, Ollie Diggs, 52, was pronounced dead in the front yard of his Hamilton home on Trimble Road Thursday night.

According to Gurley, Diggs had been in an altercation with another man. George Holliday, 48, of Hamilton has been charged with manslaughter.

According to Sheriff Cecil Cantrell, Holliday’s daughter was at Diggs’ home, when he allegedly struck her with a belt buckle.

When Holliday arrived at Diggs’ house, he hit Diggs in the head, according to Cantrell.

Diggs’ body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy Friday.

According to Gurley, Diggs died from a heart attack and there wasn’t enough trauma from the hit to cause his death. The State Medical Examiner and Gurley have ruled the case a homicide due to the stress from the altercation.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this case.