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Innocent man gets beaten to death after false accusation

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LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 News) - Logan City police say a man has died after being accused of and assaulted for a crime he didn't commit.

In a press release, posted to the Logan City Police Department Facebook page on Tuesday, police say that on April 23, 2019, at 3:00 pm, a 16-year-old female reported being sexually assaulted while on a CVTD bus. The man accused of the assault was identified as 62-year-old Michael Fife.

According to the press release, the 16-year-old called her 17-year-old brother and told him about the alleged assault, and minutes later, he located Fife getting off the bus near 300 South 100 West.

At that point, the press release reveals, the 17-year-old ran towards Fife and assaulted him. Police say Fife fell to the sidewalk and suffered multiple head injuries. Fife was left unconscious on the sidewalk and the 17-year-old ran away. Witnesses called to get Fife some help and he was transported to the Logan Hospital and then transferred to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.

According to the press release, the 16-year-old female, called and reported the alleged sexual assault to police at 6:15 pm. Logan police detectives were able to obtain and review video footage of the alleged assault, and say the video showed Fife walking past the girl, but it did not show that a sexual assault occurred.

On April 27, 2019, early in the morning, Logan City police say Michael Fife died of his injuries.

Logan City police say this case is still under investigation and that further details of this case will not be released at this time. The police department also says that the other individuals involved in this case will not be identified, at this time, due to the fact that they are juveniles.