Skip to main content

Philip Nelson's attorney seeks beating victim's medical records

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

An attorney for former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson, who is accused of assaulting another football player in May, wants access to the victim's medical records, the Mankato Free Press reports.

Nelson and another man, Trevor Shelley, face felony assault charges stemming from a confrontation they had with Isaac Kolstad, a former football player at Minnesota University, Mankato, which left Kolstad with a severe brain injury.

The criminal complaint says that in the early hours of May 11, Shelley punched Kolstad, 24, knocking him down. Witnesses told investigators Kolstad's head hit the concrete hard when he fell. After he was on the ground, apparently unconscious, Nelson allegedly kicked Kolstad in the head.

Nelson's attorney, Jim Fleming, wants CT scans of Kolstad's brain that were taken at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato shortly after the incident.

Fleming said he needs the scans to learn more about Kolstad's injuries, specifically whether the punch and the fall the ground or the kick to his head caused the most damage to Kolstad's brain, the Free Press reports.

"I'm still trying to evaluate the case," Fleming said, according to the Free Press. "This is my investigation phase. I'm trying to uncover more information about this young man's injuries."

A judge has scheduled a hearing Monday to consider Fleming's request for the medical records, the Associated Press reports.

Kolstad was hospitalized for about six weeks after the incident and underwent several surgeries. In late June he was moved to a rehabilitation facility. His family recently reported he is saying a few simple words and walking short distances.

Nelson played two seasons as quarterback for the Minnesota Gophers, and was planning to transfer to Rutgers University this fall. Shortly after the incident came to light, Nelson was dismissed from the Rutgers football team.

Next Up

Intersection in Rochester.

Boy dies in motorcycle crash in Rochester

Police are investigating as of Friday afternoon.

Tab2FileL (13)

Numerous severe storms likely in Minnesota Friday night

Watch the video for the full details with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

court room

Teen pleads guilty in shooting death of 15-year-old girl in Columbia Heights

Damico Jamal-Tokyo High will receive a sentence in juvenile court, along with an adult prison sentence.

Screen Shot 2022-04-25 at 11.00.01 AM

Walz wants to use surplus money to send direct payments to Minnesotans

It's a renewed effort from a previous proposal from Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan's supplemental budget in January.

Ron Johnson

Jan. 6 committee says aide for WI senator tried to give fake elector info to Pence

The attempt was discovered through text messages in the ongoing public hearing held by the Jan. 6 select committee.

Stock U of M sign

Minnesota state colleges boosting tuition again by 3.5%

The Minnesota State system's Board of Trustee's approved the increase Wednesday.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, June 24

The next daily update will be provided Monday, June 27.

Pro choice rally

Walz, Jensen react to historic Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

After voting to overturn Roe, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas has hinted contraception and same-sex marriage protections should follow.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

2-year-old killed in crash on County Road 81 in Maple Grove

The crash occurred Thursday evening on County Road 81.

police tape

BCA issues new details about St. Michael standoff, shooting

New details say a St. Cloud police officer struck the suspect with gunfire.

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 2.21.45 PM

92-year-old driver killed in rural Scott County crash

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Screen Shot 2022-06-24 at 7.29.06 AM

Big-time rain totals flood Highway 10 in central Minnesota

More rain and storms are expected Friday and Saturday morning.

Related