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Feb 16, 2016 8:18 PM

Man charged in killing of Seacoast drummer after Rochester bar brawl appears in court

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DOVER - A Barnstead man charged with manslaughter following an assault outside a Rochester bar appeared in court Tuesday.

READ: Final expected arrest made in connection with bar brawl death

Eric Langlais, 41, turned himself into police Friday. Langlais punched James 'Jim' Unfonak in the head after an argument at Gary's Sports Bar on January 31st, prosecutors said.

Following an altercation inside the bar, Langlais was asked to leave and Unfonak was escorted to his vehicle.

"The victim was attempting to get into a motor vehicle and the defendant is seen coming around the motor vehicle getting into an altercation and throwing essentially one punch which hits Mr. Unfonak in the face, in the jaw area and then he went down. He hit his head and as a result is deceased," said prosecutor Timothy Sullivan.

Inside the bar, Langlais had exchanged texts indicating he was going to 'get him.'

Two women and one man are also facing charges in connection with the incident

A defense attorney for Langlais said his client was cooperative with police and should be released on bail with supervision.

Sullivan argued Langlais was a danger to the public, citing a 2004 conviction where was given a 3.5-7 year sentence for assaulting his infant child.

"That charge was for the defendant assaulting his four-month-old baby. He’d acknowledged that he’d thrown the baby on multiple occasions resulting in damage to her ribs and a head injury," Sullivan said.

Tuesday, the judge ordered Langlais be held on $25,000 cash bail. He is not allowed to have contact with the co-defendents or the victim's family.

Police are also investigating an incident that occurred the same night of the Unfonak incident, where Langlais was kicked out of Cara's Irish Pub in Dover, Sullivan said.

Family declined to speak with the media but a friend of Unfonak said his circle of friends and family are trying to understand why the fight happened in the first place.

Ben Couch described Unfonak as non-confrontational and said he was well-known in the area as a drummer for the band Bang n' Jane.

"I wanted to see the animal that took his life," Couch said.

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