Fatal Party Punch Ruling Delayed

Judge postpones ruling on whether to drop charges against a woman who punched a man at a party in a $5 bet

By Jaime Elich
|  Wednesday, May 18, 2011  |  Updated 7:41 AM CDT
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Fatal Party Punch Ruling Delayed

A Will County judge postponed a ruling Tuesday on whether to drop charges against a woman for a "party game" gone wrong.

Tiffany Startz, 21, is charged with delivering the fatal blow to a man who accepted a $5 bet to let her punch him at a party in Crest Hill last September. 

Startz's attorneys argue charges should be dismissed because the punch was consensual, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Witnesses told police John Powell, 25, who was 5-foot-8 and weighed 140 pounds, let Startz hit him once in the face. He collected his money and talked to several people before collapsing minutes later.

The Will County Coroner says the impact ruptured an artery in Powell's neck, causing blood to pool around his brain.

The judge will decide on May 27 whether to drop the charges against Startz.

Jimmy Mounts, 27, is also charged in the case with arranging the bet.

STNGWire contributed to this report
 

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