SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City police are investigating what led to the death of a man from Springfield on Friday night. Police say Bobby Newman, 48, was unresponsive on Friday night when emergency responders arrived at his home on North Kansas Expressway. An ambulance took him to a hospital but doctors couldn't save him.
Robert Sondree, a neighbor of Newman, is charged with assault. Police believe Sondree shoved Newman onto concrete at his home.
A detective's probable cause statement says Sondree's girlfriend accused Newman of sexually assaulting her. Sondree went to Newman's home to confront him and pushed him down. Police say Newman was bleeding from his head. Paramedics saw a "hole" in the back of his head.
According to witnesses quoted by police in the probable cause statment, Sondree told people he "messed up" and "is going to prison."
KY3 met up with a neighbor that knew Newman for many years. She says Newman kept to himself.
"He has always been here just like me. I've been here since 1989. I've known him since 1989. Oh, it's awful. I feel bad about that. He never hurt nobody. Bobby didn't," said neighbor Madge Morris.