Fla. football coach to testify in 1-punch Vegas Strip casino death

Published On: Nov 29 2012 09:11:00 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 29 2012 09:19:37 AM EST

A former Florida high school teacher and football coach is due to testify that he endured challenges and racial insults from a Utah man he's accused of killing with a single punch outside a Las Vegas Strip casino restroom.

Benjamin Gerard Hawkins is expected to testify Thursday in his involuntary manslaughter trial. He could face probation or up to four years in prison in the July 2011 death of 38-year-old John Massie.

Hawkins is black. Massie was white. Hawkins told a casino security guard and police he was defending himself after Massie made derogatory comments about a "black man in a yellow shirt" in a restroom at O'Shea's Las Vegas Casino.

Hawkins was assigned administrative tasks at Bradford County High School in Starke, Fla., pending the outcome of the case.


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