Wednesday, July 15, 2009

DA won't prosecute man who threw fatal punch

Calling it the toughest decision he's made in 21 years as a prosecutor, Shasta County District Attorney Jerry Benito announced Tuesday that he was not going to charge a Redding man accused of throwing a punch on a dance floor that knocked a man to the ground, eventually killing him.
Benito said that he wanted to charge Lennart Christian Schauman with manslaughter in the death of Adam Michael Martinez, 31, but he didn't think a Shasta County jury would agree beyond a reasonable doubt that Schauman was guilty.
Security video from the April 25 incident at Club Ice showed Schauman, 30, walking up and punching Martinez while he was either dancing with or touching Schauman's girlfriend, Kathy Willoughby, on the dance floor.

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