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Associated Press, Published October 09 2013

Mandan man on trial in case of deadly punch

MANDAN, N.D. — A man accused of having a deadly punch is on trial in Mandan.

Twenty-three-year-old Colten Towry is accused of manslaughter in the death a year ago of 30-year-old Derek Oshkeshequoam (awsh-KEESH'-kuh-wawm) at a party in Mandan. Authorities allege Towry struck Oshkeshequoam during a fight, and Oshkeshequoam later died of head injuries.

Prosecutor Brian Grosinger and defense attorney Ken Morrow say there is no dispute that Towry threw a punch. Grosinger told jurors that they have to decide "what does it mean?"

The two men who rented the home left Oshkeshequoam at a hospital emergency room the next day. They were charged with reckless endangerment. Joseph Houle pleaded guilty earlier and was sentenced to serve six months in jail. Christopher Vernon faces a November trial.