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Trial continues in -punch Vegas Strip casino death

1:57 PM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
Benjamin Hawkins, of Gainesville, Fl, charged with murder in Las Vegas
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LAS VEGAS -- Trial is continuing in Las Vegas for a former Florida high school teacher and football coach accused of killing a Utah man with a single punch after racial insults in a Las Vegas Strip casino restroom.
    
Benjamin Gerard Hawkins is expected to testify in his involuntary manslaughter trial.
    
It resumes Thursday in Clark County District Court.
    
Hawkins faces probation or up to four years in state prison and a $5,000 fine.
    
Hawkins told a casino security guard and police that he was defending himself after 38-year-old John Massie made a derogatory comment about a "black man in a yellow shirt" in a restroom at O'Shea's Las Vegas Casino in July 2011.
    
Hawkins was assigned administrative tasks at Bradford County High School in Starke, Fla., pending the outcome of the case.

Associated Press

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