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Idaho 21-Year-Old Accused Of Fatal Punch, Manslaughter

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A Northern Idaho 21-year-old accused of punching a man faces a manslaughter charge after the victim later died at a hospital.

Tyler Finlay, 21, is accused of punching Jeffrey Marfice, 29, during an altercation that broke out Sunday, The Coeur d'Alene Press reported.

Finlay is accused of harassing three women in downtown Coeur d'Alene when Marfice stepped in to help the women, one of which was Marfice's girlfriend, according to court documents. Marfice fell and hit his head on the sidewalk after being punched, according to the documents.

Marfice was taken to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead the next day.

Finlay was originally charged with aggravated battery, but the charge was amended after Marfice's death. Finlay's bail was set at $250,000, despite a recommendation from his defense attorney for a lower bond.

Magistrate James Combo agreed with prosecutors who asked for the higher bond amount on grounds Finlay had previous DUI convictions, probation violations and is accused of fleeing the scene.

Marfice was a father to two children. His 6-year-old daughter spent her birthday and Father's Day with him in the hospital, the family said.

Finlay could face 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine if convicted.