Man arraigned in summer homicide will plead self-defense, attorney says
A Park Rapids man charged with killing his best friend in a drunken fight July 3 will plead self-defense, his attorney said Monday.
Public defender Jennifer Nelson announced to the court her client, Luis Candelaria, was defending himself from an attack when he punched Richard Alan Hoskins, 41 on his front lawn, killing Hoskins.
Candelaria, 48, was indicted by a Hubbard County grand jury in mid-July on charges stemming from the incident in a residential Park Rapids neighborhood.
Grand jurors returned a three-count indictment for Second Degree Unintentional Homicide, First Degree Manslaughter and Third Degree Assault.
Candelaria has been jailed in Hubbard County since his arrest the evening of the fight.
Nelson asked for a scheduling conference to assign a trial date on the case.
Candelaria entered formal "not guilty" pleas to the charges Monday in Hubbard County District Court.