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In his closing arguments, Miller reminded the jury that eyewitness Doneesha Richards testified that Butler rifled through Widstrand’s pockets and then pulled off his shorts. Miller told jurors that blood spatter found on Butler’s shoes and shorts prove that he participated in the attack.
Zipko told jurors that the blood on Butler’s clothing only shows he was close to the fight and that one witness said Butler was not involved.
As he left the courthouse Tuesday afternoon, Ray Widstrand thanked his family, his co-workers and the community for their support. He walked with a noticeable limp and had a wheelchair on hand but cracked a joke.
“There’s some positive things you can glean from every situation, so I’m happy,” Widstrand said. “There’s a lot of good people, too, willing to come to help you when you’re knocked down. I’ve never been so down in my adult life, but luckily there are people there to help me back up.”
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