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Trevor Shelley assigned public defender in Isaac Kolstad assault

Trevor Shelley assigned public defender in Isaac Kolstad assault

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MANKATO, Minn. (KMSP) - Trevor Shelley now has a public defender instead of a private attorney in connection with the assault of former MSU-Mankato linebacker Isaac Kolstad, who remains on life support at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato. Shelley is facing first- and third-degree felony charges.

THE ASSAULT

Former Gopher quarterback Philip Nelson, 20 and Trevor Shelley, 21, of St. Peter, are both facing first- and third-degree felony charges in connection with the assault.

Police said Kolstad, 24, had been walking with former teammate Samuel Thompson when he was confronted by Nelson after bar close on May 11 near the intersection of Cherry and South Front streets in front of Blue Bricks Bar. Nelson had apparently become angry earlier in the night after a bar tender allegedly kissed his girlfriend’s hand.

Surveillance footage showed while Thompson was attempting to calm Nelson, Kolstad hit Nelson in the back, knocking both Thompson and Nelson over, police said. The video then showed Kolstad walking away when another man who witnesses later identified as Shelley, ran toward Kolstad and punched him in the face. Apparently unconscious, Nelson kicked Kolstad in the head.

WITNESSES NAMED

According to charges, Jerrid Wasinger told police he tried to hold Shelley back before Kolstad was punched. Wasinger’s brother, Kade Wasinger, apparently sent him a Facebook picture of Shelley to find out if that was the person his brother was attempting to hold back. His brother said he was about 90 percent sure, and Kade Wasinger then told police Shelley was the suspect in the footage and listed three other witnesses who also believed it to be Shelley.

A friend of Shelley, Logan Rine, contacted police and said he was at a friend’s house in Mankato on May 11 when Shelley came in before 3 a.m., telling Rine he was downtown when we walked up to someone that was “starting something” with Nelson and “wound up and hit him as hard as he could.”

Kolstad's injuries include a skull fracture, brain shifting, brain bleeding and lung damage. Kolstad's skull fracture is on the left side of his head, the same area where Nelson allegedly kicked him. Nelson smelled of alcohol after the alleged assault, charges say.

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Both Nelson and Kolstad are Mankato natives. Nelson played in high school for Mankato West and Kolstad for Mankato East, though it's unclear if the two knew each other. Kolstad graduated from MSU-Mankato last December with a degree in business management and administration. He works as a sales representative for Fastenal. He is newly married and has a daughter, and another daughter on the way. His wife is currently pregnant and is due to give birth at the end of this month. Shelley's Facebook page also indicates he went to Mankato West.

SHELLEY DENIES PUNCH

Police said Shelley was aware police were searching for him and called them himself. Earlier that day, Wasinger identified Shelley as the suspect seen fleeing in a ripped red shirt from video surveillance. Wasinger also told police he was the one that grabbed Shelley by the shirt, ripping it.

Shelley told police he did not hit Kolstad, even after hearing that surveillance cameras may have captured the incident.

An officer who reviewed footage said Kolstad went down immediately after being punched in the face by a suspect in a red shirt.

Shelley told police he was leaving Blue Bricks Bar around closing time and saw a group of people including Nelson and Nelson's girlfriend. He said he saw Kolstad hit Nelson in the back but denied hitting anyone himself and said he didn't see Nelson hit or kick Kolstad.

#22STRONG FOR KOLSTAD

Kolstad's family has been posting updates on a CaringBridge page.

His wife Molly posted a message that said her husband remained sedated on life support, but a brain scan showed slight improvement with a reduction in brain swelling. His neurological status remains unchanged.

PHOTOS: #22STRONG for Isaac Kolstad

Kolstad's employer, Fastenal, is hosting a live auction on Thursday to help the family pay for medical costs, and items from Minnesota coaching legend Bud Grant's garage sale came pouring in once he learned of the effort. Items include:
- A box of cigars from Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire's 1,000th win

- Autographed Ted Williams print

- Baseball bats from Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau

- Jerome Simpson's game-used cleats

- A signed Grandlund jersey from the Minnesota Wild

- A basketball signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves

- A signed football from Bud Grant

- Hand-carved duck decoys

All winning bids will go directly to the Kolstad fund on YouCaring.com, which has already raised more than $45,000.

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