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Wisconsin river stabbing suspect convicted after claiming self-defense in tubing fight

Nicolae Miu was found guilty Thursday of stabbing a high school student and injuring four others during a fight at a river in Wisconsin, claiming he acted in self-defense.

On July 30, 2022, Miu and his friends were tubing in the Apple River when a fight broke out, resulting in the death of 17-year-old Isaac Schumann.

After eight days in court and testimony from 40 witnesses, Miu was found guilty of reckless homicide, assault, and four counts of recklessly endangering safety.

Investigators said in court documents that Miu, from Minnesota, attacked the group after people accused him of using a snorkel and goggles to approach children underwater. However, Miu stated that he attacked the group from outside because he was looking for a cell phone underwater.According to self-defense Associated Press.

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Nicolae Miu, pictured on the far right in court on April 11, pulled out a knife during an altercation with teenagers, killed 17-year-old Isaac Schumann and stabbed four of his men before being reckless. He was found guilty of murder, assault and reckless endangerment. Beating his friends and women. (Related news organizations)

Video shown to jurors showed Miu punching a woman in the group, which appeared to start an argument. After she fell into the water, she was seen reappearing, grabbing a knife and stabbing one of the teens, according to the Associated Press.

The footage also showed someone in the crowd approaching Miu and saying, “We’re looking for a little girl,” before the assault. Earlier, Fox News Digital previously reported that another witness captured a video of a shirtless Miu holding on to the group’s tube before someone yelled at him to run.

The defense argued that the group taunted Miu and crowded around her, “quickly creating a 13-to-1 situation.” Boyfriend 11 report.

“A group of intoxicated teens found an opportunity to torment a man who was alone,” defense attorney Corey Chirafisi said. “They did this without any legitimate purpose.”

According to court documents obtained by , Miu was also floating down the river with his wife and a small group of friends. Minnesota Public Radio.

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Nicolae Miu's knife

Investigator Mitchell Schaeppi displays a knife found along the Apple River from an evidence box during the fourth day of the Nicolae Miu trial in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Thursday, April 4, 2024, in Hudson, Wisconsin. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune, via AP)

Asked in court if she should have pulled out the knife shown to jurors, Miu said she “absolutely” would have done so, and that she believed she “would have been killed that day” if she had not acted.

“They attacked me,” the suspect told investigators, according to the Associated Press. “I was in self-defense mode.”

But St. Croix County District Attorney Carl Anderson called Miu’s actions a “senseless act of violence” and said, “Nicolae Miu had no choice but to leave.”

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Nicolae Miu

Miu and his lawyers claim he was acting in self-defense in a “13-to-1” fight. (Star Tribune/AP)

In addition to outlining the moments when Miu may have left, prosecutors questioned why Miu lied to law enforcement in the first place. NBC Chicago He told police one of the two boys in the group pulled out a knife, according to the report.

Miu later admitted this was a lie, telling the court: “As you can see, I was very confused,” the newspaper reported.

Isaac Schuman's father, Donny Hernandez

Isaac Schumann’s father, Donny Hernandez, spoke to the media after Nicolae Miu’s guilty verdict on Thursday, along with Schumann’s mother Alina Hernandez (left) and other family members, tearfully saying, “Justice for Isaac.” ” he said. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune, via AP)

The case hinged heavily on a witness’ cellphone video that recorded part of the altercation, and jurors asked to see the footage one more time before rendering their verdict, NBC Chicago reported.

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According to the Associated Press, defense attorney Aaron Nelson said he was “respectfully disappointed” in Thursday’s verdict and that Miu was “sad and obviously disappointed” and “considering the future of his life.”

Schuman was about to enter his senior year at Stillwater High School. His family described him as an honor student who was applying to several universities and preparing to study electrical engineering.

Miu’s sentencing date has not yet been set.

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