SHERIFF: Punch to head kills man; murder charges brought

An arrest has been made after a man died a week after being punched in the head.

Greene County Sheriff Lemmie Smith says Ricky Exum, Jr. was charged yesterday with an open count of murder.

Smith says back on August 3rd, James Aytch was assaulted at a home on Moye Lane outside of Scuffleton. The sheriff says Exum is accused of hitting Aytch in the head with his fist, causing him to collapse and become unresponsive.

The man died on Monday at Vidant Medical Center.

Exum is in jail without bond and has an August 21st court date.

The suspect is no stranger to the court system. He got out of prison in 2012 after a manslaughter conviction in 2007 from Greene County. Exum also has several drug convictions dating back to 2000.