Victim’s Fighting History Barred From Trial
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A judge in Dakota County won't allow the defense to bring up a shooting victim's past history of bar fights during the defendant's homicide trial.
Thirty-two-year-old Shavelle Chavez-Nelson has already admitted shooting Palagor Jobi outside Nina's Grill in Burnsville last fall. But the defendant argues he shot the 23-year-old Jobi only after he attacked him in a dispute over a woman.
The defense wants to ask witnesses about Jobi's past history of fighting. Reports say Judge Kathryn Messerich on Wednesday barred that testimony.
Chavez-Nelson is also accused of killing University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk, who left the bar with him that night. She was found fatally stabbed eight days later. The trial for her death will be separate.