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Charge is reduced to manslaughter in fatal punch

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 8, 2002

TAMPA -- Prosecutors have reduced the charge against 21-year-old Alan Thompson from second-degree murder to manslaughter in the death of Christopher Fannan, the Sickles High School senior felled by a punch to the temple on May 19.

Fannan, 18, was in the parking lot of the Citrus Park Steak n Shake when Thompson climbed out of a car and struck him, authorities said. Fannan died later that day at St. Joseph's Hospital.

"To prove second-degree murder we would have to show the act was certain to cause death or great bodily harm," Pam Bondi, Hillsborough state attorney's spokeswoman, said Friday. "The intent is what we can't prove."

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