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TABC seeks to pull license at Longview bar after death in parking lot

TABC seeks to pull license at Longview bar after death in parking lot
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 3:14pm

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has closed their investigation into the Lodge Sports Bar and Billiards stemming from the July beating death of a man outside the bar and will seek to cancel the bar’s permit to sell liquor.

Sgt. Marcus Stokke, supervisor for the Longview office of the TABC, said the commission is in talks with the Daniel Haislip, owner of the restaurant, due to the investigation’s findings. Stokke and Haislip said they believe the Lodge’s case will go before a hearing in Austin at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

“I feel confident that we will retain our liquor license, but I feel there will be some kind of penalty involved,” Haislip said.

The investigation stemmed from the beating death of Sean Drake, 39, in the bar’s parking lot after closing in the early morning hours of July 12.

Drake was punched in the head and later died.

Drake’s autopsy ruled the death a homicide, but a Gregg County grand jury declined to issue an indictment in connection with the death.

Haislip said one of the major questions to determine the bar’s responsibility is whether the establishment is responsible for what happened in their parking lot after closing.

Continue reading this story from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal.

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