HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — The defense lawyer for a former University of Wisconsin-Stout hockey player charged with killing a fellow student in a bicycle crash last year says the victim was drunk and his bicycle had bad brakes.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports the felony murder trial of 23-year-old Jared C. Britton of Maplewood, Minn., began Tuesday in Hudson.

Defense attorney Earl Gray claims 22-year-old Bradley L. Simon’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit to drive when he died. Gray also claims Simon was riding a bicycle with no back brakes.

Simon died from head injuries after authorities say he was shoved off the bike and into a wall in downtown Menomonie. Police say the altercation followed a dispute in a bar over a Britton’s sweatshirt.

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Comments (2)
  1. JKB says:

    The defense also claims the bike was stolen, and the girl that owned the bike claimed the brakes were bad. Whether the brakes were bad or not, how many feet away from the curb was Simon when he was pushed? IF within a few feet, good brakes wouldnt have prevented the accident either. Pressed hard enough, Simon would have flown over the handlebars, and still would have hit the wall. VERY sad a life was lost because of some stupid remarks.

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