Two Men Arrested After Man Dies In Street Fight

Two men have been charged with murder for their involvement in a street fight over the weekend that led to a man's death. 48-year-old Claude Schmies of Redding passed away at Mercy Hospital Tuesday. Redding Police say that a little before One O’clock Sunday morning, 22-year-old Richard Hiers and 19-year-old Robert Byers were walking near the intersection of Elmwood and Veda Streets when a car drove by them too close. Words were exchanged and the car stopped and came back. Schmies and 29-year-old John Fritz got out of the car to confront the approaching Hiers & Byers, and they all started fighting. It ended with Fritz & Schmies both knocked out. Fritz is still hospitalized in stable condition.  Investigators have located more witnesses to the fight, which apparently lasted about a half-hour, much longer than originally believed. Additional surveillance video has also been found.  Thursday Hiers and Byers were booked into jail for murder. They're being held without bail.