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Suspect in Chili's double homicide previously convicted of assault that led to man's death

Ryann Brown (DeWitt Police)

One of the suspects in the double homicide at a Chili's restaurant in DeWitt had been previously arrested on a manslaughter charge.

Ryan Brown was charged Wednesday morning with hindering the prosecution regarding the incident at Chili's Bar and Grill. He was arraigned and pleaded not guilty. The judge set his bail at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Brown was arrested in February 2017 on a manslaughter charge. According to CNYCentral archives, police responded to 152 Lilac Street on Feb. 1, 2016 for a report of a person down. When they arrived, officers found 54-year-old Edwin Oliveras unconscious on the floor.

Investigators said there didn't appear to be external signs of injury, but police were told Oliveras may have been assaulted the previous day. Family members told police the assault wasn't reported because Oliveras didn't appear to be injured.

As detectives investigated the assault, Oliveras was hospitalized and then released to an assisted living program. On Nov. 23, 2016, Oliveras died. On Jan. 18, 2017, the Medical Examiner's Office determined Oliveras died due to the injuries he suffered in the original assault.

Investigators said after reviewing evidence at the original scene and conducting several interviews, they determined there was a physical dispute between Oliveras and Brown, possibly over personal property. During the dispute, the suspect allegedly struck Oliveras, causing the injuries.

Brown went to trial and was ultimately found guilty on just an assault charge.

Another suspect in the Chili's case, Ronald Green, was previously arrested for possession of drugs.

Green was charged with two counts of murder in the second degree, along with child endangerment. He had his 2-year-old child in the car at the time of the incident, police said.

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