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Tuscaloosa businessman with Demopolis connections in coma after beating

Published 10:06pm Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Tuscaloosa businessman with Demopolis connections is in a coma after he was attacked at a New York concert.

Jason McNeil has been hospitalized since July 5 in Buffalo after being attacked in what is being described as a random act of violence or a case of mistaken identity following a Kid Rock concert.

According to media reports, McNeil, 43, suffered from a serious head injury and is in a trauma intensive care unit in critical condition.

McNeil’s wife, Pam Courtney McNeil, is from Demopolis. The couple has two daughters.

A fundraising campaign to help the family has been started on the website Give Forward. There is a $25,000 goal to aid with McNeil’s recovery.

As of Tuesday, the fundraising campaign is almost halfway to its goal. To view the website, visit

The Genesee (N.Y.) County Sheriff’s Department said that Craig M. Lawson, 34, of Ontario, Canada was arrested and charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault after allegedly punching McNeil in the face until he was unconscious. Lawson was released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

McNeil is a native of New York. He is co-owner and operations manager of Synchronous Industrial Services, an automotive supplier in Tuscaloosa.

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