Autopsy Photos Paint Scene of Events that Led to Man's Death After Proctor Bar Fight

By KBJR News 1

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 20, 2012 at 6:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Saint Louis County Medical Examiner, who conducted Anderson's autopsy, said a subdural hematoma... or blood on the brain, resulting in swelling... was the official cause of Anderson's death.

This was caused by the blow Anderson received to the head after being punched by 33–year–old Paul Welle, and falling backward onto the concrete sidewalk.

The autopsy also revealed a large bruise on the inside of Anderson's upper right lip, which the examiner said is synonymous with a massive blow.

No defensive or offensive wounds were found on Anderson's arms or hands, either, which the examiner said would've been present had Anderson thrown a punch that connected with Welle.

The altercation went down last November outside the Powerhouse Bar, in Proctor when, after hours of drinking, both Welle and Anderson stepped outside when an argument ensued between the two.

Welle told officers after the fight that he punched Anderson in self defense only after Anderson had thrown two punches, allegedly landing one to Welle's face.

Officers that took the stand on Thursday said Welle had no visible bruising on his face just one hour after the fight, and that he appeared intoxicated though no breathalyzer was given.

Welle is facing charges of second–degree murder and first–degree manslaughter.

Defense attorney Richard Holmstrom emphasized on the fact that Anderson had a .203 blood alcohol level...two and a half times the legal driving limit.

Holmstrom also reiterated that the subdural hematoma was the official cause of death, not the punch from Welle.

-Posted to the web by Billy Wagness

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