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Continued: Trial to decide if St. Paul's man blinding on New Year's Day was assault or accident

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 27, 2014 - 12:19 AM

Gunter testified that Sorlien’s mother approached him and she was a woman in a “very happy” mood. Sorlien was impatient, he said, and wanted to leave.

Gunter said Sorlien delivered a “good, hard” slap to the back of his head and exited the bar. Gunter testified that he didn’t say anything because of the holiday. But when Sorlien re-entered the bar, Gunter said he addressed the issue.

“That was unnecessary,” Gunter said he told Sorlien. “You did not need to smack me in the back of the head like that.”

Gunter said he was walking away toward his girlfriend when Sorlien attacked him.

Gunter testified that he did not see Sorlien’s mother fall that night.


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