Middlebury man charged with manslaughter in construction site assault

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BURLINGTON — A man was charged with manslaughter on Thursday after an assault in November 2022 at a road construction site in Bolton resulted in the death of 72-year-old David Cheney of East Montpelier.

According to the findings of the investigation, Whitney Grady, 42, of Middlebury, repeatedly punched and kicked Cheney in a physical confrontation that escalated from an ongoing dispute between the men.

Cheney was able to return home after the assault, but subsequently suffered medical complications related to his injuries and died later that day at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

Grady turned himself in at the Williston Barracks on Thursday afternoon, where he was processed and released on a citation.

He is due to appear for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Burlington.

An autopsy was performed at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington.

The cause of death was determined to be “cardiac complications following blunt force trauma of an individual with arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” and the manner of death was listed as a homicide.

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