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Case of teen charged in soccer ref death moves on

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The attorney for a Utah teenager accused of killing a soccer referee with a single punch has acknowledged there is probable cause the teen committed the crime.
 
Court records show the teenager's attorney, Monte Sleight, met with prosecutors Friday to make the concession.
 
That means a judge will only have to decide whether the case stays in juvenile court or is moved to adult court as requested by prosecutors during a court hearing Monday morning.
 
The hearing is closed to the public and media.
 
The 17-year-old is charged with homicide by assault. Police say the teenager, whose name The Associated Press is withholding because he's a minor, punched 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo once in the head on April 27 after Portillo called a foul on him in a soccer game.
 
Portillo died after a weeklong coma.

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