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Man convicted of murder for fight outside Proctor bar

DULUTH -- A St. Louis County jury deliberated a little more than three hours this afternoon before finding a St. Michael, Minn., man guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the November death of a man outside a Proctor bar.

Paul Welle, 33, showed no visible emotion as he stood before Judge Mark Munger as the judge read the two guilty verdicts.

St. Louis County prosecutor Rebekka Stumme told jurors in her closing argument that murder victim Dale Anderson, 60, had a wife, two children, a granddaughter and countless loved ones and all he was trying to do on the night of Nov. 6 when he was knocked to the ground outside the Powerhouse Bar was protect a vulnerable young woman, who he had been told was being harassed by Welle.

Munger sent Welle back to the St. Louis County Jail. The defendant will be held there until sentencing on Nov. 15.

Anderson, a Duluth native who was living in Blaine, died of a brain hemorrhage three days after being punched and falling on the back of his head on a concrete surface. Welle told investigators that he punched Anderson once and was acting in self-defense after Anderson first stepped on his foot and punched him.

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