H.S. Football Coach Charged With Murder
It started as a Vegas vacation, but ended tragically for two families. Now a Bradford county high school football coach is charged with murder.
Coach Ben Hawkins, 37, was on vacation in Vegas with his wife. On Wednesday night, according to police, John Massie, 46, of Utah, made a racial remark inside a casino bathroom, a confrontation escalated, and a single punch from Hawkins left Massie dead.
Everything was captured on a surveillance video but those who know Hawkins say this was not like him.
"His back had to been against the wall, he's not like that--very peaceful, he would've had to been corned to where he had to take action. The only thing I can think," said Brent Thompson, a former football player at Bradford High.
According to the report, surveillance video shows the men exchanging words, Massie putting his hands in his pocket, and Hawkins fatal punch to Massie's jaw.
The report also states Hawkins could only recall Massie saying, "black guy something," and he told police if he turned his back on Massie, he feared he'd be punched in the back of the head.
"Ben was a good teacher, and this is a tragic situation," said
Beth Moore, Bradford County Schools Superintendent.
A Utah newspaper reported Massie leaves behind three children and two step-children.
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