Report: Suffocation led to man's death after bar brawl

Posted at: 05/09/2013 8:40 PM
Updated at: 05/09/2013 10:15 PM
By: Staff

An autopsy report shows exactly how a man died at a popular Santa Fe bar following a fight.

The fight happened in January at Tiny’s Restaurant and Lounge in a strip mall near the intersection of Cerrillos and St. Francis.  

After the fight, patrons held James Rochford down on the floor until officers arrived. It’s not clear if he died before or after police arrived on scene.

The autopsy report shows he died of suffocation, due to pressure on his chest cavity. Other health ailments such as obesity and a hypertensive heart may have been contributing factors to Rochford’s death, the reports states. The report also indicates marijuana and amphetamine in his system, as well an alcohol.

No charges have been filed.

The case has been sent to the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.