The Bucks County Grand Jury recommended charges of Involuntary Manslaughter, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Harassment after reviewing evidence and hearing testimony presented by the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office about an incident that occurred in June 2022 in Bensalem.
The defendant, Antwan McKoy, 37, of Maple Shade, New Jersey, turned himself in to Bensalem Police on May 12. The incident occurred on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Bucks Meadows Apartments, 3131 Knights Road, Bensalem. The victim Michael Whispell was staying with his mother at apartment 5-46. At approximately 11 p.m., McKoy arrived at the apartment with his wife Saketha Jackson, the victim’s sister.
While inside the apartment, Whispell and McKoy began arguing. During the argument, both men stood up from the couch. McKoy then grabbed Whispell by the neck and began choking him. Whispell threw a punch at McKoy, and McKoy responded by punching Whispell twice in the temple and throwing him to the ground, where he struck his head. McKoy then jumped on top of Whispell before the altercation was broken up by family members.
Later that evening, Whispell couldn’t sleep due to the pain in his head from the assault. Bensalem Police and Bensalem EMS arrived at the apartment. As Whispell was being transported to the hospital, he lost consciousness. He was placed in a medically-induced coma and never regained consciousness. Whispell died on July 4, 2022, and his autopsy revealed that his cause of death was from complications of blunt impact injury to the head.
McKoy was arraigned by District Justice Joseph Falcone on the charges recommended by the Grand Jury. He was sent to the Bucks County Correctional Facility on 10 percent of $5 million bail.