UPDATE: Defense rests in trial of man accused of killing Rusk Co. deputy

Published: Sep. 24, 2018 at 9:26 AM CDT
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The defense team in the case against Doug Nitek rested at the start of Monday’s proceedings in a Dunn County court room.

The move, announced by defense attorney Charles Glynn, caught many in the court room off-guard – including St. Croix County judge Scott Needham. It also came after the defense had submitted a list of 10 witnesses scheduled to testify Monday, including Rusk County Sheriff Jeffrey Wallace and Deputy Sheriff Phil Grassman.

Nitek, facing several counts tied to the October, 2016 shooting death of Rusk County Sheriff’s deputy Dan Glaze, was then asked 30 questions from Judge Needham regarding his relinquishing of his right to testify.

After a series of 19 “Yes” and 11 “No” answers from Nitek, Judge Needham allowed his decision.

Before the jury of 10 women and five men were brought into the court room, St. Croix County judge Scott Needham dismissed three of the 31 counts tied to the case – Count 4, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and Counts 16 and 20, both first-degree recklessly endangering safety. This now left 28 charges for the jury to decide on.