Suspect charged with manslaughter in Lincoln man’s death

Brian Fraga, 33, is charged with beating a Lincoln man to death outside his apartment building on Summer Street. (Mugshot: Lincoln Police Department)

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A Lincoln man has been arrested after another man was found dead outside an apartment building overnight.

Police said Brian Fraga, 33, was charged with manslaughter after he and another man allegedly got into a fight in Fraga’s apartment that spilled into a parking lot.

Police Chief Brian Sullivan said police responded to Summer Street at about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday and found the victim lying on the ground in a parking lot, unresponsive and bleeding from a head wound. The man was transported to Landmark Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later.

Police declined to release the victim’s name, but said he’s from the Manville section of town. The cause of his death was later confirmed by the Medical Examiner’s office to be blunt force trauma to the head.

Over the course of their investigation, police learned Fraga and the victim had an argument inside Fraga’s Summer Street apartment. Police said the two men exited the building sometime around 1 a.m. and the argument escalated and became physical.

Detectives were seen placing evidence markers on a staircase that led to the parking lot where the victim was ultimately found. Police are still investigating what exactly caused the trauma to his head. Chief Sullivan said they do not believe Fraga used a weapon during the fight.

“Tragic,” remarked Sara Mills, who lives in the apartment complex and parks her car in the lot where the victim was found. “Threw me for a loop to see a big puddle of blood and not being able to go near my car,” she said. An evidence marker appeared to be placed on her car’s fender.

Sullivan said the Attorney General’s office advised them to charge Fraga with manslaughter instead of murder in the case, although a grand jury will eventually hear the evidence once the forensic investigation is complete.

Fraga, 33, was arraigned at Kent County Court Wednesday and his bail was set at $15,000 with surety on the manslaughter charge. He was then ordered held without bail as a probation violator tied to an unrelated domestic violence case.

Police assured residents that the incident was isolated and there’s no danger to the public.