Rhode Island revokes liquor license after death of patron

HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town has revoked a local bar’s liquor license in response to the death of a man found dead under a rolled over Jeep next to the business.

Hopkinton officials said Monday the owners of Boneyard Barbecue had not upheld regulations designed to prevent alcohol-related injuries.

Police say 48-year-old Derrick Payne Sr. was found dead Aug. 16.

Authorities say the bar’s co-owner, Patrick Kane, owned the Jeep and lied to police when they questioned him about the accident.

Detective John Forbes says a bar patron showed him a photo of Kane and Payne in the bar timestamped at 12:30 a.m. Payne’s autopsy placed his death between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Kane was charged with obstructing a police investigation.

Kane’s lawyer told him not to testify at the hearing.

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