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Continued: Witness puts suspect at scene of brutal East Side attack

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 8, 2014 - 9:47 PM

There was no DNA evidence in Maiden’s case, but Miller told jurors that tests conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will show that suspected blood on Butler’s shoes and shorts matches Widstrand’s DNA.

Video taken from a Metro Transit bus the night of the attack also shows Butler sitting near girls who notice the blood on his shoes, Miller said.

“That’s a mixture of Ray Widstrand … and other biological material consistent with Cindarion Butler,” Miller said.

Zipko told jurors that Butler never touched Widstrand, and that witnesses also had blood on their clothes. He urged jurors to consider that knowing gang members doesn’t equate to being one or committing a crime for one.

Authorities have said that people with alleged ties to the East Side Boyz gang and its cliques, such as Gutta Block, HAM Crazy and Get Money Gang, were present at the attack.

Widstrand’s head injuries were so severe that authorities thought he might die. He survived with serious physical and mental disabilities.

In addition to Butler and Maiden, one juvenile has pleaded guilty; another juvenile awaits a court hearing. The case against a third juvenile was dismissed.

Butler’s trial is expected to continue through next week.

Chao Xiong • 612-270-4708

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