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updated: 7/30/2014 6:11 PM

Palatine man charged in 'one punch' killing appears in court

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  • Michael Platt

    Michael Platt

  • Ryan Flannigan

    Ryan Flannigan


A Cook County judge on Wednesday left in place the $2 million bail for a Palatine man accused of throwing an unprovoked punch that fatally injured a 26-year-old man during a July 18 dispute outside a bar.

Michael Platt, 35, appeared in court for the first time since authorities filed a first-degree murder charge against him alleging he killed Ryan Flannigan with a punch thrown during the altercation in downtown Palatine. Platt, who was in custody Wednesday at the Cook County jail, is scheduled to return to court Aug. 14.

Authorities say Flannigan, a Palatine resident, fell back after the blow and struck his head on the sidewalk. He never regained consciousness, and died from his injuries Monday afternoon.

Platt, who initially was charged with aggravated battery, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on the murder charge.

Flannigan's sister said Wednesday that visitation for her brother will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, at Matz Funeral Home, 410 E. Rand Road in Mount Prospect.

Flannigan graduated from Fremd High School in 2006 and went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Construction Management at Western Illinois University. He worked at ABC Supply Company and had just recently graduated from the company's management program.

According to Flannigan's obituary, memorial donations may be given to the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society, and Flannigan's family wishes to thank the entire Palatine Police Department and all first responders.

Police said that according to multiple witnesses, Flannigan and Platt were in separate groups that came together and began arguing about 11:30 p.m. July 18 outside a bar on the 0-100 block of North Bothwell Street.

Police said Platt punched Flannigan once on the side of the head, causing the 26-year-old to fall. Witnesses described the punch as being unprovoked, and there were no other punches thrown, authorities said.

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