Suspect in fatal road rage beating formally charged

Brandon Cook made an initial court appearance by video conference Tuesday.

Posted: Sep 4, 2018 1:52 PM
Updated: Sep 5, 2018 6:25 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A man suspected of beating a 60-year-old man who subsequently died of a heart attack during an apparent road rage attack has been formally charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Brandon Cook made an initial court appearance by video conference Tuesday. He has a bond hearing scheduled for Sept. 11.

Cook is charged in the death of Orlando Fernandez on Aug. 8. The two men had an altercation along U.S. 30 in Fort Wayne. An autopsy determined Fernandez died of a heart attack directly triggered by the stress of the altercation. His death was ruled a homicide.

Cook was arrested Aug. 16 in Panama City Beach, Florida, where he was living in a tent at a campground. He was returned to Fort Wayne on Thursday and incarcerated in the Allen County Jail.

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