MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Carver County judge tossed out the trial of a 32-year-old Minneapolis man on Wednesday in connection with the June 3, 2011 stabbing death of a man outside a Chaska Bar.

The Carver County judge tossed out the trial, saying that Jesse James Rogers acted in self-defense in the stabbing death of 35-year-old Justin David Foster. The case was dismissed due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

Foster was stabbed to death in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011, outside Kelley’s Bar in Chaska after a fight involving several men that started inside the bar and spilled out into the parking lot. Rogers was one of three men accused of being involved in Foster’s death after an altercation involving Foster.

Authorities said Rogers and his brother were allegedly assaulted in the bar after they came onto a woman inside the bar. Evidence in the trial revealed that Rogers then got in the woman’s face and called her racist. The woman became aggressive, and Rogers allegedly shoved her. Another man then got involved and hit Rogers, who then walked out of the bar and saw another man who was involved in the incident.

Evidence in the trial was also presented showing about 200 exhibits including more than 20 witnesses. The team prosecuting against Rogers said he got out of his car, charged at Foster in the bar parking lot and stabbed him five times. The prosecution argued none of the other men involved had any weapons. Rogers’ defense argued that he was pulled out of his car and jumped, and was acting in self-defense.

Foster’s family released a statement saying they are “devastated and hurt that the judge didn’t allow the jury to decide the case.” The fact that the jury never even got to decide the case was “shocking.”

Comments (8)
  1. Kevin says:

    Oh….aint diversity grand? My God if this was a white guy stabbing a black man…..well……he would trade mark his name………Say Minnesota….have you had enough or are you ready for more????


    No justice no piece! Say where is Rev Jesse (she looked 18) Jackson on this one?

  2. Bill Clintons Cigar says:

    Where is the outrage? Where is the intense media coverage? Where is the New Black Pantehers placing a bounty on his head? Where is Obama speaking out saying that if he had a son he would look like Justin. Where is the protest at the U of M? Where are the pictures of a 10 year old Justin? I hope someone pays back Rogers! I am looking up his home address so I can post it all over the internet! This Nation has amused itself to death.

  3. Kevin says:

    I am an effing effhole.

    1. Momma G says:

      You know how pitiful you are? No brains or comments of your own…so you just hang out on here pretending to be others….have you ever considered suicide? You must not work since your on here 24 X 7. So I guess your living the highlife in Minnestoa. You spew racist garbage on here, you spew sexist garbage on here. Any way your just a looser pos with no life. I feel sorry for you.

      1. I'm not to bright says:

        Usually I don’t care if someone misspells words, but “Minnestoa” really?

        1. Kevin says:

          I know and usually we dont give a fu*k what you think!

        2. Pumphandle says:

          Yet you don’t notice looser? How is it possible to not know how to spell “loser” loser is what Kevin is, looser is what his mother has always been.

  4. Kevin says:

    I guess it’s ok now to beat up a woman if she is judged to be a racist.

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