Man convicted of Proctor murder to get new trial

By KBJR News 1

May 28, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 6:19 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com)----The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that a man found guilty of murder following an altercation outside of a Proctor bar that turned fatal in 2011, will get a new trial

The appellate court believes that the district court wrongfully admitted evidence of Paul Joseph Welle's past assault cases at the trial.

Court documents reveal that a reasonable possibility exists that his past significantly influenced the jury to convict Welle of second degree murder.

A jury in Duluth found Welle guilty of murder in the death of Dale Anderson outside the Powerhouse Bar in 2011.

Welle was reportedly pressuring a woman to leave the Powerhouse bar with him and she refused.

Anderson stepped in to tell Welle to leave the woman alone, and Welle punched him, knocking him to the ground.

Anderson hit his head on the concrete and died three days after suffering brain injuries.

Welle was sentenced to 18 years behind bars.

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