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April 1, 2013

Assault charges dismissed after victim's story challenged

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MANKATO —

Blatz couldn’t be reached for comment Monday, but Scott Cutcher, chief public defender, said it was clear the charges had to be dismissed. The statements from the main witness and the man making the accusations, the Stillwells, were too inconsistent, he said.

Cutcher also said Friedrichs was lucky that Hansen was willing to step forward. If he hadn’t, Friedrichs might still be in jail.

Charges related to the incident have not been filed against Hansen, who has a criminal record and would likely have gone to prison with an assault conviction.

“Not everyone is willing to do that,” Cutcher said.

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