Former Florida coach in court in Vegas death case
Updated: 2/28/2012 2:24 pm | Published: 2/28/2012 2:23 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge is considering whether a former Florida high school football coach should stand trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the one-punch slaying of a Utah man after racial insults in a Las Vegas Strip casino.
A silent casino surveillance video shows the punch by Benjamin Gerard Hawkins of Gainesville, Fla. A medical examiner testified Tuesday that it caused 46-year-old John Massie to hit his head as he fell backward July 6 at O'Shea's Las Vegas Casino.
A head injury is blamed in Massie's death.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace William Jansen will decide if the 38-year-old Hawkins should stand trial on a felony charge that could get him probation or up to four years in prison.
Hawkins is black. Massie was white and was from Roy, Utah.
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