Jun 15, 2016 4:50 PM

Trial of man charged in death of Rochester's James Unfonak scheduled for 2017

DOVER - A man charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of popular Seacoast drummer James Unfonak is scheduled to go to trial in January.

Eric Langlais , 41, of 31 Lincoln Lane in Barnstead, faces up to 37 years in prison on charges of manslaughter and rioting. Police say Unfonak, 44, of Rochester, died after being punched by Langlais outside Gary's Sports Bar in Rochester on Jan. 31.

Langlais reportedly was asked to leave the bar after a verbal altercation with Unfonak and allegedly said he wanted a "piece" of Unfonak.

Unfonak was escorted to his car by the club bouncer, but was allegedly waylaid by Langlais, who is accused of punching Unfonak in the face as he was getting into his vehicle, leading him to fall and hit his head. The Maine Medical Examiner’s Office called Unfonak’s death a homicide due to blunt force head injuries.

Langlais has been held in Strafford County Jail. His trial date was set for Jan. 17, 2017 in Strafford County Superior Court.

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