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Man held in UO student's death.

Byline: Bill Bishop The Register-Guard

The suspect who fled to California after the death of a University of Oregon student last month has turned himself in and was in the Lane County Jail on charges of manslaughter and assault on Monday.

Darrell Sky Walker, 23, played "a significant role" in the death of 22-year-old Phillip Julian Gillins, who died after being assaulted on June 10, the day before he was to walk in graduation ceremonies at the university, according to Eugene police.

Police are continuing their investigation, but are not looking for other suspects, Eugene police spokeswoman Kerry Delf said.

Gillins died of a severe brain injury two days after the assault. Investigators said three men confronted Gillins and two friends as they walked near an alley off East 13th Avenue between Kincaid and Alder streets near campus.

The three men confronted Gillins just after 2 a.m. and accused him of making a racist comment.

During the dispute, one of the men punched Gillins in the face, and Gillins fell to the ground and hit his head on concrete, police said.

The three men ran away as Gillins' friends tried to resuscitate him. He never regained consciousness.

Walker's father, Darrell, played 10 years in the NBA after being drafted 12th overall by the New York Knicks in the 1983 draft. He had head coaching stints with the Toronto Raptors and with the Washington Wizards before spending last season as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets.
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Title Annotation:Crime; The suspect, who had fled to California after the incident, turns himself in and is charged with manslaughter
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 26, 2005
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