Cullen Osburn, 28, of Minneapolis, Minnesota accused of killing a student of the University of Wisconsin-Stout saw his opening arguments start on Tuesday in his trial.
Osburn is charged with felony murder and aggravated battery in the death of Hussain Alnahdi, whom according to authorities, died from a brain injury after a fight in downtown Menomonie in October 2016.
The trial is being held in Dunn County circuit court in Menomonie.
“The defendant’s weapon of choice is violence,” District Attorney Andrea Nodolf told jurors on Tuesday afternoon. He also said that Osburn was looking for a fight, all because his girlfriend who was on vacation at the time refused to answer his calls.
“He specifically told her, ‘If you don’t answer my calls I’m going to go beat someone up,'” Nodolf said.
The defense, meanwhile, disagreed.
“What you were just presented was not what the evidence is going to show,” Osburn’s attorney, Chris Zipko, told jurors. Zipko said Hussain Alnahdi was drunk to the point that night he couldn’t stand, falling a few times and harming himself before the run-in with Osburn had even happened.
“Forensics will show there’s no physical proof he was in a fight,” Zipko said.
The state started calling witnesses after opening arguments on Tuesday. The trial is scheduled to last eight days, although the judge said it may not go that long.