Minneapolis man won’t testify in trial over beating death of UW-Stout student

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MENOMONIE, Wis. — The man charged in the beating death of a UW-Stout student from Saudi Arabia told the court Monday that he would not take the witness stand.

Cullen M. Osburn, 28, faces felony charges of murder and aggravated battery for an October 2016 incident that turned fatal for Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, outside a pizzeria in Menomonie.

After five days of testimony, defense attorney Christopher Zipko informed Osburn of his options and his rights if he chooses to testify. Osburn declined to testify in court. The defense then rested.

Cullen M. Osburn, 27, appears for hearing Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Dunn County Court in Menomonie, Wis. Osburn is accused of killing Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, a University of Wisconsin-Stout student from Saudi Arabia. (Dan Reiland/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP)
Cullen M. Osburn, 27, appears for hearing Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Dunn County Court in Menomonie, Wis. Osburn is accused of killing Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, a University of Wisconsin-Stout student from Saudi Arabia. (Dan Reiland/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP)

Closing statements will begin at 9 a.m. today.

According to the criminal complaint:

Alnahdi and his roommates went out to Menomonie bars at about 1 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2016, and he ended up outside Toppers Pizza, 406 Main St. E. Witness accounts varied about how a fight started in which Alnahdi was punched in the face and fell against the side of the restaurant.

When Menomonie police responded, Alnahdi was unconscious and bleeding from his nose and mouth. He was taken by helicopter to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, where he died on Oct. 31, 2016, from a traumatic brain injury.

In days that followed, Osburn called police a few times, saying he wanted to cooperate but first wanted to hire an attorney. However, the calls ended on Nov. 4, 2016, when police discovered Osburn’s phone had been disconnected.

Investigators then used surveillance video, cellphone records and Facebook information to identify and track down Osburn, who was arrested in Minnesota and then extradited to Wisconsin in January 2017, based on court records.

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