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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

St Paul’s stabbing charges have been dropped after the video tells a different story, authorities say

The charges against a St. Paul man accused of stabbing a 14-year-old boy were dropped after officials watched the video and discovered problems with the teen’s story.

Keith Contrell Williams, 38, was charged with assault after a 14-year-old showed up at Regions Hospital on November 20, 2020 with cuts on his head and upper body. The teen blamed Williams for assaulting him when he and a 12-year-old friend were hanging out on a train platform outside Union Depot in St. Paul.

“After watching Union Depot’s surveillance footage, it became clear that Mr. Williams was defending himself against a 14-year-old boy,” said Dennis Gerhardstein, a spokesman for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. “We explained this to the victim’s mother before firing.”

Williams was sentenced on October 6 in an unrelated assault case.

According to this complaint, on March 24, shortly after 9 a.m., police were called to Motel 6 at 2300 Cleveland Ave. in Roseville in connection with the report of the attack.

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They met William’s girlfriend, who had bruises and cuts on her face. She told police that Williams hit her several times in the face, bit her, burned her with a lighter and punched her because he believed she was unfaithful.

Williams was originally charged with one count of third-degree assault and one count of assault at home, which is a subsequent violation. The charge of assaulting the house was dismissed.

He was sentenced to a year in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, but the sentence was upheld for three years, during which he will be on probation under supervision. He was credited with a deadline of 19 days.

“He received a probationary period despite objections from the state,” Gerhardstein said.

Williams had three drug convictions, one of which was at the felony level.

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