Hirsch was sedated and put on a ventilator. A trauma surgeon told Hirsch’s brother that the injury was compounded by a cirrhotic liver. Hirsch was on a transplant list at the time of his death.
Hirsch died of blunt force trauma to the head due to assault, according to the state medical examiner’s report. The death was ruled a homicide.
In a police interview, Garrison said he was playing pool with a friend and had left his belongings at the bar seat where Hirsch sat. After asking him to move, Hirsch refused and said, “Nobody can beat me in this bar.”
“I lost my temper and smacked him one time,” Garrison told officers. “I didn’t hit him that hard.”
Garrison admitted to officers that Hirsch did not hit him or attempt to defend himself but also knew nothing of Hirsch’s medical problems.
Doctor said cirrhosis of liver killed man
The doctor who treated Hirsch at the hospital, William S. Havron III, told officers that Hirsch was going to “die soon no matter what,” according to the affidavit.
Hirsch was suffering from end-stage liver failure, the doctor told police.
“His cirrhosis is what killed him,” he said.
Bob Wyatt, Garrison’s attorney, said he has not yet been provided any information from the district attorney.
“Our position is that he did not cause the death of Robert Hirsch,” he said.
Wyatt said Garrison will plead not guilty to the charge.
A woman who answered the phone at Garrison’s home declined to comment.