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Continued: St. Paul beating-trial jury must sift through conflicting stories

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 7, 2013 - 9:53 PM

Boy, 15, admitted guilt

Wenger called a 15-year-old witness who pleaded guilty in the attack on Widstrand. The teen testified that he kicked Widstrand twice and went through his shorts. The teen also said that Maiden did not attack Widstrand.

The teen’s testimony conflicted with testimony by prosecution witness Vershon Hodges, 16, who said Thursday that he saw Maiden kick Widstrand.

Hodges is not charged in the case but acknowledged under cross-examination by Wenger that he has an attorney because of concerns that he could be investigated in the attack.

Under cross-examination by Miller, the 15-year-old said he used to be involved with the Get Money Gang, or GMG, and joined the attack on Widstrand for no particular reason.

“You’re saying you were by yourself, and you just thought it would be a good idea to jump on this man?” Miller asked.

“Yeah,” the teen said.

The teen said he was under the influence of marijuana, which he had smoked all day.

Changed her testimony

On Wednesday an acquaintance of Maiden’s, Lisa Crockett, first testified that she didn’t see Maiden during the attack because he had fled down Preble Street due to a chemical irritant. But when Miller pressed her, she changed her story and said that Maiden was about 10 feet away when Widstrand was attacked and did not appear to suffer from any chemical irritants.

Cindarion D. Butler, 17, and two other juveniles are also charged in the case.

Closing arguments in Maiden’s trial are scheduled for Friday morning. The jury will be sequestered for deliberations.


Chao Xiong • 612-270-4708

Twitter: @ChaoStrib

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