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Judge Finds Probable Cause in UW-Stout Murder

April 20, 2017 06:12 PM

A Wisconsin judge found probable cause in the case involving the death of a University of Wisconsin-Stout student from Saudi Arabia, according to court records.

Cullen Osburn, of Minneapolis, is charged with felony murder and aggravated battery in the death of Saeed Alnahdi.

The 27-year-old appeared in court on Wednesday. The state and defense both called two witnesses during the hearing. Dunn County Judge Rod Smeltzer ruled there was probable cause for the case to move forward.

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On Oct. 30, 2016, the Menomonie Police Department received a 911 call of a man involved in a fight in front of a Toppers Pizza in Menomonie, according to a criminal complaint. Upon arrival, officers found a man, identified later as Alnahdi, unconscious and bleeding from the nose and mouth. Alnahdi was transported to Mayo Menomonie for emergency medical treatment and was later airlifted to Mayo Eau Claire for further treatment.

Investigators spoke with Alnahdi's roommates, who said they had been drinking with Alnahdi that night and decided to visit some local bars. Investigators also met with witnesses, one of whom said she was waiting for her pizza at the Toppers restaurant when she learned that her relative, identified later as Osburn, had been arguing with Alnahdi. According to the complaint, Osburn told the female witness that Alnahdi had grabbed the chain around his neck, at which point Osburn said he pushed Alnahdi backward.

Another witness told investigators that when he realized what was happening outside the restaurant, he rushed outside. He told investigators that Osburn did not push Alnahdi but rather, "two pieced" him, or punched him twice in the face in rapid succession, according to the complaint.

A third witness told investigators he was on his way to Toppers when he saw Alnahdi outside the restaurant and stopped to talk with him. As they were talking, the witness said another man, identified as Osburn, approached Alnahdi and began to argue with him. The third witness told investigators Osburn was speaking in an aggressive tone but that the witness did not know why. The witness said Alnahdi began yelling back at Osburn. At that point, the witness said he tried to get involved to break up the argument, but Osburn pushed him away. While the witness said he did not see Alnahdi get hit, he saw Alnahdi fall to the ground.

The complaint states that Osburn fled the scene after the altercation.

Authorities said Osburn contacted them on Nov. 2 to say he was scared and wished to cooperate. He told investigators that the altercation was not a result of anybody's race, but that he did not want to reveal more without a lawyer present, the complaint states.

According to an autopsy, Alnahdi's cause of death was traumatic brain injury. Authorities investigating the incident say they believe Alnahdi might have hit his head on the side of the building while falling.

Authorities arrested Osburn in January.

Osburn is scheduled to return to court April 27.

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