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Harris appeared in an Orange County, Florida, court Friday afternoon and was given a $35,000 bond on a manslaughter charge, and $150 bond on an aggravated battery charge. Harris appeared in an Orange County, Florida, court Friday afternoon and was given a $35,000 bond on a manslaughter charge, and $150 bond on an aggravated battery charge.
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The Pearl man arrested after injuring his father while on a family vacation in Florida has been granted bond. Taylor Harris has also hired an attorney known for serving as part of Casey Anthony's defense team.

Harris appeared in an Orange County, Florida, court Friday afternoon and was given a $35,000 bond on a manslaughter charge, and $150 bond on an aggravated battery charge.

Harris was transported to the Orange County Sheriff's Office operation center by a Pearl police officer Thursday on one charge of manslaughter. He was arrested and booked in the Orange County Jail.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart says Leonard "Dwayne" Harris, of Pearl, died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center July 17 after being placed on life support in a Florida hospital and later airlifted to Jackson.

Stewart says Harris, 52, died of traumatic brain injury.

According to a police report from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Leonard Harris was injured in a fight with his son, Taylor Harris, just after 9 p.m. on July 7. Taylor Harris was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery. The charge was later upgraded to manslaughter following Leonard Harris' death.

Taylor Harris had previously been released on $35,000 bond and ordered not to have direct contact with his father, according to Orange County Corrections. The case "remains active and open," according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Pearl Police spokesperson Lt. Butch Townsend said Leonard Harris was airlifted from Florida to Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport July 16 in critical condition. Leonard Harris, a Pearl Firefighter, was immediately taken by ambulance to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

According to police, on the night of the incident, Harris was dining at a Dave and Buster's Restaurant with several other family members in celebration of his son Taylor Harris' 21st birthday in Orlando, FL.

According to the police report, Taylor Harris and Leonard Harris left and began to argue downstairs about a family matter. Witnesses told officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Office that Taylor Harris could be seen yelling and hitting his father and became "increasingly aggressive."

Deputies documented that Leonard Harris attempted to walk away from the situation and did not fight back according to deputies.  

A witness reported Leonard Harris fell back and "hit the concrete hard" after being struck by his son. Taylor punched his father in the face and then tried to help him, but Taylor "freaked out" when his father did not respond and went back to the upstairs portion of the restaurant. He told his mother to go downstairs and check on his father.

Two registered EMTs said Harris was having a hard time breathing and was bleeding from the nose and mouth. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Funeral services for Leonard "Dwayne" Harris were held Tuesday at Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon with burial following at Floral Hills Memory Gardens.

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