By his own admission, Cox stated that he knocked/pushed the "victim" to the ground (later ruled the cause of death), a (larger?) 35 year old and two (younger?) interns will get to explain how they were all assaulted by a 55 year old in the parking lot. Self defense, even for a broken finger (prior to the fall?), may be hard to sell to a jury. Cox seems to have the advantage of two (friendly?) witnesses so I would imagine that the prosecutor may have other witnesses/evidence in order to bring that charge.Cox initially told police he punched Ellingson in the face but then later clarified that he pushed Ellingson and both men fell to the ground, the Bee reported.
Ellingson slipped into a coma from his head injury and died six months later. The county coroner concluded his death was a homicide, but the church claims prosecutors in Las Vegas told Cox and his family that they believed the incident to be self-defense.