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Charges in fatal party punch case dismissed

Charges in fatal party punch case dismissed

A Will County judge this morning dismissed charges against a woman whose party-game punch killed a man who had accepted $5 to be struck once in the face. Tiffany Startz, 22, had been on trial charged with reckless conduct and battery, accused of punching John Powell, 25, in the face at a Crest Hill party last fall. The house party was held to celebrate the life of a woman who had committed suicide. Today Judge Edward Burmila dismissed the case, saying that Startz was negligent but not reckless. Burmila also found, citing expert witness testimony, that the force of the punch, which did not leave a bruise, had not killed Powell. He said the "impulse" or change in momentum,...

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