Sierra Martin | Managing Editor
SAN MARCOS – On Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office arrested Milton Heyliger (DOB 11/17/1996) for Manslaughter following a San Marcos Police Department investigation into an assault that resulted in the death of 24-year-old Emmett Worsham of La Grange, TX.
In the early hours of Dec. 12, 2021, Worsham was denied entry to the Red Room Social Lounge in downtown San Marcos when there was an altercation with the bouncer, Milton Heyliger. According the city of San Marcos, Heylinger struck Worsham several times, causing him to lose his footing and hit his head on the concrete.
“Why he was assaulted will never be justifiable,” his brother Mclean Worsham said in a GoFundMe created to support the family with medical expenses.
“Surveillance videos show that not only was the attack unwarranted, but it involved the use of an extreme amount of force,” said Worsham’s brother. “My brother Emmett has never been in a fight in his young life because not only is Emmett the kindest and most caring person I’ve ever met, but he has compassion for every living thing.”
Worsham was transported to Ascension Seton Hays Hospital in Kyle, where he succumbed to his injuries on Dec. 19, 2021. He had recently graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
Heyliger was initially booked on a charge of Aggravated Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury and released on bond. A warrant for Manslaughter was issued for his arrest following Worsham’s death. As of this release, Heyliger remains in the Hays County Jail and a bond has not been set.
In a written statement, the Red Room Lounge told KXAN that witnesses said Emmett was verbally assaulting and threatening a woman outside of the lounge and tried to force his way to skip the line.
“He then started threatening/assaulting Heyliger, which resulted in him getting hit and losing footing off of a sidewalk ledge and hitting his head on the street,” the lounge told KXAN. “The female patron Worsham verbally assaulted was actually the one to call 911 as soon as the incident happened.”
Since this altercation took place, San Marcos Police Chief Stan Standridge has asked the City of San Marcos for funding to place cameras in several areas around the downtown square, which can be packed with people in the late-night hours.
Worsham’s family has started a GoFundMe to assist in covering medical and funeral expenses.
San Marcos Corridor News has reached out to SMPD and the Red Room Social Lounge for comment. This article has been corrected to include additional information provided by the city of San Marcos.