Trial Continues for 17-Year-Old Accused in Brutal St. Paul Beating

Updated: 01/14/2014 7:33 PM By: Jennie Olson

The trial of the 17-year-old accused in the brutal attack of a St. Paul man continues Monday.

The judge will hear arguments about the August attack on St. Paul’s East Side that almost killed Ray Widstrand, who was walking through a group of 30-50 people when they turned on him.

On Friday, Widstrand attended the trial but was asked to leave the courtroom because he’s a potential witness. He told KSTP he doesn't understand what all the fuss was about and that he had a good reason for being there.

"I went to the trial to support my mother and my family," he said.

But defense attorney Christopher Zipko, who is representing the 17-year-old charged in the case, objected to Widstrand’s presence. In most cases, witnesses aren’t allowed to listen to other testimony until after they’re finished testifying.

The Pioneer Press reports that a judge will decide on Monday whether Widstrand should be allowed in court during the trial.

As for other suspects in the case, one juvenile has pleaded guilty in the beating. Two others still have cases going through the courts, and a 19-year-old man, Issaac Maiden, was found not guilty in a Ramsey County Court back in November.