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January assault on elderly man turns deadly, marking eighth homicide in St. Paul

A teenager has been charged with manslaughter for punching a 76-year-old man at a St. Paul park in January, causing his death from complications of the injury weeks later.

Prosecutors with the Ramsey County Attorney's Office charged Wyatt Doerfler, 18, with first-degree manslaughter. Doerfler's next court date is May 1.

Doerfler is believed to have punched Thomas Dunne on Jan. 28, damaging his right eye. Despite surgery and treatment, infection spread from Dunne's wound and he was pronounced dead weeks later. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner ruled Dunne's death was a homicide likely caused by complications from that assault.


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