- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office says an 18-year-old Washington high school student who reportedly agreed to let another teen punch him to settle a party dispute died from blunt force injuries of the head.

On Tuesday, the medical examiner ruled Jarom Thomas’ weekend death a homicide.

The county sheriff’s office says the two 18-year-olds from Lake Stevens got into a dispute early Sunday after a minor vehicle collision outside a party.

In court papers, detectives said a witness reported the two shook hands and smoked a cigarette together before the punch was thrown. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said the victim fell backward, hitting his head on pavement. He later died.

The teen accused of delivering the blow was arrested for investigation of manslaughter.

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