Two Rhode Island men have been charged in the death of 53-year-old Dale Mooney, a lifelong New England Patriots fan who died after an altercation at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in September.
Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey released a statement Thursday announcing John Vieira, 59, and Justin Mitchell, 39, were charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct following Mooney’s death Sept. 17.
At the time, several videos circulating online appeared to show Mooney involved in an altercation with Miami Dolphins fans. Police said Mooney was transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Days after Mooney’s death, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office said a preliminary autopsy report "did not suggest traumatic injury but did identify a medical issue."
On Thursday, his death was ruled a homicide.
"The OCME (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner) recently provided final determinations to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. The cause of death has been ruled as ‘Probable cardiac dysrhythmia in a person with severe hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease during a physical altercation.’ The manner of death was ruled to be homicide."
The district attorney’s office also added that "the review of the available evidence, including the autopsy results and multiple angles of video capturing the incident, did not determine that the evidence established a basis for criminal prosecution of charges related to homicide in Mr. Mooney’s death."
The Foxborough Police Department said in October that three individuals could face assault and battery and disorderly conduct charges "in the coming weeks."
Vieira and Mitchell are scheduled to be arraigned next month.