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50-year-old parolee arrested in connection with deadly Lincoln fight
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50-year-old parolee arrested in connection with deadly Lincoln fight

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A Lincoln man was killed in a fight near 26th and Vine streets Monday, and the suspect was arrested across town a few hours later, police said.

A 50-year-old Lincoln parolee is in custody after a deadly fight near 26th and Vine streets Monday afternoon.

Police say Brian Adams Sr. assaulted the 29-year-old victim with a large pole during a fight in the middle of the day a block from one of the busiest intersections in town.

Adams was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony, Jason Stille, assistant chief of operations at the Lincoln Police Department, said at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Stille declined to provide the name of the man who died until family members have been notified.

Brian Adams Sr.

Brian Adams Sr.

He said Adams was quickly developed as a suspect and arrested at a home in southwest Lincoln a few hours after the fight. He was treated at a hospital for injuries suspected to have been from the fight and Tuesday afternoon was released and taken to the county jail.

Adams hasn't yet been charged but is expected to make a first court appearance Wednesday. 

Stille said a 911 call at 3:08 p.m. sent police and Lincoln Fire and Rescue to the home where a fight outside in a driveway had left the younger man injured.

When police arrived 3 minutes later, people on the scene were performing CPR.

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Adams already had left in a white minivan, according to scanner traffic.

The victim was taken to a hospital but died at about 4 p.m.

Dispatchers described an uncooperative 911 caller and a crowd of people on the scene, enough for police to request more officers to help interview everyone. 

"Members of our criminal investigations team and uniformed street personnel worked immediately to secure the scene and began investigating the details surrounding the incident," Stille said. 

He said he did not know if the men knew one another or what the fight was about. He also didn't answer whether either of the two lived at the home.

On Tuesday afternoon, the crime scene tape that once surrounded the multi-unit house had been replaced by a small memorial of flowers and candles outside an apartment door.

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According to prison records, Adams had just been released on parole July 30 from a six- to 10-year sentence for second-degree assault for hitting a woman in the head twice with a combination lock at 37th Street and Baldwin Avenue in 2018. 

Doug Koebernick, Inspector General of the Nebraska Correctional System, said his office works with Parole Administration to comprehensively review serious incidents like what's alleged to have happened Monday since a parolee is allegedly involved.

He said officials be looking at everything from the details of Adams' release, the services in place for him and the new allegations.

Monday's is the sixth known killing in Lincoln this year.

The first victim, 33-year-old James Shekie, was found dead in March. Deontae Rush, 25, of Omaha, has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing Shekie during a robbery.

Investigators found Carly Schaaf's remains near Pawnee Lake on June 12. The 23-year-old Lincoln woman's death was officially ruled a homicide when her death certificate was made public Oct. 7. No arrests have been announced in Schaaf's death. 

Deontae Abron, 31, died in June, days after he was shot in the face during a fight at a partyShantrel A. Hickey has been charged with second-degree murder in Abron's death. 

Janet Kotopka, a 78-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer's, was shot five days after Abron was killed. She later died at a local hospital. Her husband, John Kotopka, was charged with first-degree murder. 

Alonzo Jones, 28, was shot and killed at a Lincoln apartment complex in September. Lendell Harris, 23, turned himself in to authorities at the Lancaster County Jail after the shooting and was later charged with manslaughter in Jones' death

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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A Kansas City, Missouri, native, Andrew Wegley joined the Journal Star as breaking news reporter after graduating from Northwest Missouri State University in May 2021.

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