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Miu testifies in Apple River stabbing trial: 'My fear was getting really high'

Nicolae Miu acknowledged Tuesday that he lied to police about whether he was carrying a knife when he got into a scuffle with a group of young people tubing down the Apple River - a fight that ended with one teen stabbed to death and four others injured.

Miu, 54, of Prior Lake, took the stand Tuesday in his St. Croix Circuit Court trial for first-degree intentional homicide in the July 2022 stabbing death of 17-year-old Isaac Schuman. He also faces four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and the possibility of life in prison.

Testifying in his defense, Miu described how he was searching for a friend's lost phone and approached Schuman's group suspecting they had found it. He said the group of young people began calling him names and surrounded him in the shallow water, pushing him and causing him to feel panicked.


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