One-Punch Murder: John Massie Arrested After Bizarre Las Vegas Casino Fight.
Las Vegas — Police say a racial comment in a Las Vegas Strip casino restroom preceded a single fatal punch that left a Utah man dead and a 37-year-old Florida man jailed on a murder charge.
A Las Vegas police report identifies the man killed in the 12:45 a.m. Wednesday confrontation as John Massie. The report doesn’t provide Massie’s age or hometown.
Benjamin Gerard Hawkins of Gainesville, Fla., was arrested at O’Sheas Las Vegas Casino shortly after police say Massie was felled by a single punch to the face.
Hawkins is black. Massie is white.
Police say Hawkins threw the single fatal punch after Massie made a comment about a black man in a yellow shirt.
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A tourist from Florida was jailed on a murder charge Wednesday in the death of a Utah man who died after a one-punch fight between two tourists inside a Las Vegas Strip casino.
Benjamin G. Hawkins, 37, of Gainesville, Fla., was arrested shortly after the 12:45 a.m. Wednesday slaying. It followed an exchange of words in a restroom at O’Sheas Las Vegas Casino, police homicide Lt. Lewis Roberts said.
It wasn’t clear which man was the aggressor before the Utah man was felled by a single punch to the face.