SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A jury is deciding whether a defendant accused of fatally shooting a Dell Rapids man is guilty of murder or manslaughter or whether he was acting in self-defense.

Twenty-four-year-old Alex Wittenberg is on trial the shooting death of 39-year-old Johnathan Puttmann in November 2016 in Dell Rapids.

The Argus Leader says Wittenberg took the stand Monday in the fifth day of his jury trial. Wittenberg has maintained he acted in self-defense when he shot Puttmann. Wittenberg was with Puttmann’s soon-to-be ex-wife to drop off Puttmann’s children for a visit when the men fought in the street.

Prosecutors in Minnehaha County say Puttman did not deserve to die just because he threw a few punches at Wittenberg.

The jury got the case following closing arguments Tuesday.


Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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