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Trial set for man accused of near-fatal beating of innocent bystander

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The man accused of nearly beating Ray Widstrand, 26, to death earlier this month in St. Paul is scheduled to go to trial on October 14, reports the Pioneer Press.

Issac Oneal Maiden, 19, appeared in court Friday. He is being held on $150,000 bail.

Ramsey County District Judge Rosanne Nathanson found probable cause for the charges against Maiden, which include first-degree assault, crime committed for the benefit of a gang and first-degree aggravated robbery, the paper reports.

Widstrand, 26, was attacked when he tried to walk through a group of 30 to 50 juveniles and young adults fighting near Payne and Minnehaha avenues about 11:30 p.m. Aug 4. Widstrand remains hospitalized, though he is out of a medically induced coma.

Prosecutor David E. Miller filed a notice of intent to seek a higher sentence if Maiden is convicted.

Miller believes the longer sentence is justified for several reasons, including the fact that the victim was particularly vulnerable and was treated with particular cruelty.

Four juveniles have also been charged in the case.

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