Deadly fight on Las Vegas Strip leads to murder charge

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Deadly fight on Las Vegas Strip leads to murder charge

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Nov 6, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A fight on the Las Vegas Strip leaves one man facing a murder charge.

On Sept. 14, police received a 911 call from a witness who saw a fight between two apparent homeless men on the bridge connecting the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

According to the police report, one male knocked the other man down, causing him to strike his head on the ground.

The man, later identified as 54-year-old Michael Burtosky, was transported to UMC. Medical personnel said he suffered a traumatic head injury.

On Sept. 17, Burtosky died from his injuries at the hospital.

The medical examiner said he died from blunt force trauma to the head and the manner was ruled a homicide.

According to witnesses, Burtosky appeared intoxicated and became involved in a verbal dispute with the male suspect. The argument reportedly progressed to the point where the male punched Burtosky in the head and shoved him to the ground. He stumbled back and hit his head.

The suspect was later identified as 54-year-old Joseph Gilbert Hyde. Police records indicated he had recently been cited for sleeping in public on the same bridge.

Hyde now faces a murder charge surrounding Burtosky's death.