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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — A Ramstein airman will be tried in the death of an American civilian who died after being punched in the face earlier this year, Air Force public affairs officials said this week.

Airman 1st Class Franklin Lucas will face a general court-martial for involuntary manslaughter, Air Force officials said. A court date has not been set.

Lucas is assigned to the 86th Maintenance Squadron.

According to the Air Force, Lucas allegedly killed Chris Matyszyk by hitting him on the face with his fist in January in or near Landstuhl.

Air Force public affairs spokesman Kilian Bluemlein confirmed the charges, but base attorneys refused a request from Stars and Stripes to provide a copy of the official charge sheet, asserting that it was protected by a "privacy act."

A Kaiserslautern police spokesman said in January that a 35-year-old American fell on his head after Lucas beat him up. The man said he was fine when police arrived, the spokesman said, but his condition later deteriorated and he died.

Lucas, according to the Air Force, also will be tried for assault consummated by a battery for a separate incident that allegedly occurred in or near Landstuhl in fall of 2009. According to the charge against him, Lucas allegedly struck Craig Markey on the arm and in the stomach with his hand.

Lucas is restricted to Ramstein Air Base while awaiting trial, according to the Air Force.


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