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Nicolae Miu's attorneys suggest victims provoked fatal Apple River stabbing

The murder trial in the 2022 mass stabbing on the Apple River continued Monday with the question that's dominated the trial's first six days: What sparked the fatal confrontation between Nicolae Miu and a group of young people floating down the river?

Miu, of Prior Lake, is standing trial in St. Croix County Circuit Court, charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the July 2022 incident near the Sunrise Bridge in Somerset, Wis. He's also facing four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbings of four others that day. He faces the possibility of life in prison.

On Monday, echoing the first week of the trial, the prosecution and its witnesses said Miu's alleged comment about "looking for little girls" sparked the melee that ended in the fatal stabbing of Stillwater teen Isaac Schuman. The defense - which continued to point out that no witnesses mentioned that alleged comment to police investigators - blamed the group of teens and young adults for taunting Miu as a "pedophile" and "predator."


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