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UPDATE: Cause of Death Released in Fatal Corinth Scuffle

CORINTH -- New information in the death of a Corinth man, early Sunday, as an autopsy on Christopher Darner, 37, is now complete.

 

Investigators say Darner went to the home of his ex-wife, where a fatal scuffle ensued.

 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner tells FOX 22 & ABC-7 Christopher Darner died of asphyxia, due to compression of the neck.

 

Manner of death is homicide.

 

And those findings mirror what Maine State Police are now disclosing.

 

Spokesman Steve McCausland says at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Darner went to his ex-wife's home on the Beans Mill Road in Corinth, armed with a box-cutter.

 

McCausland says before gaining entry, Darner laid in wait in a corn-field, watching the inside of the home with a baby monitor.

 

When Darner finally gained entry, a scuffle ensued.

 

In that -- 24-year-old Kirt Damon, Jr. of Searsport sustained stab wounds to the neck and abdomen.

 

Coming to Damon's aid -- friend Zachary Joseph, 21, of Belfast. 

 

State police say Joseph Put Darner in a choke-hold.

 

Joseph and Darner's ex-wife, Miranda, escaped injury.

 

Officials at Eastern Maine Medical Center confirmed Monday that Damon had been treated and released.

 

Authorities confirm Miranda Darner had a protection order in place against Christopher Darner at the time of the incident.

 

The estranged couple had two children.

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