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Homeless man on trial for fatal assault

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A homeless man is on trial for throwing a fatal punch in downtown Austin on Labor Day of last year.

Thirty-five-year-old architect Matt Casey died from his injuries seven days later.

The incident happened between 6th and 7th Street on Neches--right in the view of APD surveillance cameras. The defense and the prosecution will rely heavily on that video of the moments before and after the fatal punch. Unfortunately the punch itself was not shown.

Police released a clip of the video to the media after the incident. The defendant, Preston Sharpnack shown without his shirt on and his friend Renee Jones can be seen walking off screen.

Police say the two had two confrontations with the victim, Matt Casey and Casey's friend on shortly before 1 a.m. on September 3, 2012.

Police say Sharpnack confessed to punching Casey once.

Casey, according to witnesses fell and hit his head on the sidewalk. He never regained consciousness. Doctors say he suffered two skull fractures. He was on life-support until he died September 10.

Tuesday, we heard from a witness who saw Casey fall and Sharpnack and Jones run away from the scene. We also heard from the homicide detective and the first paramedic on the scene.

The defense says Casey and his friend instigated the fight. However, it is clearly shown on the video that Sharpnack's friend Renee Jones pushed Casey twice before the final interaction. Jones is expected to testify.

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