Trial date set in Palatine one-punch slaying

Updated 3/19/2015 2:35 PM
  • Michael Platt

    Michael Platt

A jury trial date of June 1 was set Thursday for Michael Platt, the Palatine man charged with first-degree murder in the death last July of 26-year-old Ryan Flannigan, also of Palatine.

The trial date was set after Platt's attorney, Sam Amirante, withdrew his motion to quash the arrest and suppress evidence. Amirante told Cook County Judge Thomas Fecarotta that after having talked to the arresting police officer, he was willing to concede probable cause in the arrest.

Authorities say Platt, 35, punched Flannigan in the head at about 11:30 p.m. July 18 outside a Palatine bar after an argument involving Platt and another man. Police say the punch was unprovoked and Flannigan was not involved in the altercation.

Witnesses, including Flannigan's sister Courtney Flannigan, say Flannigan was attempting to defuse the situation when he was struck. The punch caused him to fall to the ground and hit his head on the sidewalk. He died 10 days later without regaining consciousness.

If convicted, Platt could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison.

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