In early hours last Saturday morning, police arrived at Club Extasis to find John Hargrove sprawled in the middle of the floor, unconscious. He had been badly beaten in a bar fight, struck with a chair and pool cues by several attackers. He was dead by the time his body arrived at Baylor Hospital.
Detectives determined that the fatal blows had come from 23-year-old Frederico Prado, who had kicked Hargrove several times in the head while he lay on the floor.
Hargrove's death came as a shock. Jim Schutze, who had written admiringly of his battle to preserve his business against pressure from City Hall, eulogized him here earlier this week as someone who salvaged both lumber and people.
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His alleged killer turned himself in yesterday to Dallas police. He was taken to Dallas County jail, where he's being held on $500,000 bond on a charge of first degree murder.