Man accused of killing N.Ky. baseball player might not take the stand

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The murder trial for the man accused of killing a Northern Kentucky athlete resumes Tuesday in a Jefferson County courtroom.

Justin Werner is charged with beating Bryan Stevenson to death outside a Louisville restaurant on May 30, 2010.

Stevenson was in Louisville with friends for a Memorial Day weekend softball tournament.

Werner's murder trial started Wednesday, but has been on a break since Friday because of the holiday weekend.

On Thursday, witnesses continued to take the stand, including one man who says he saw the fight break out.

Paul Demoss testified that someone spit on another person, which caused the fight to start.

"I reached down and picked him up, and reached down, and kept saying wake up, you got knocked out. And he wasn't waking up," said Demoss.

Demoss couldn't identify who threw the fatal blow that killed the 26-year-old.

William Schindler also testified against Werner Thursday. Schindler is friends with Werner, and was originally charged in the murder. Charges against Schindler were dropped.

David Pryor and Donald Hays were also originally charged with murder in the case. They accepted a plea deal and will also testify against Werner.

Werner's lawyer is trying to prove that Hays was involved and delivered the fatal blow.

Werner's trial continues Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in a Jefferson County courtroom.

It's unclear if Werner will take the stand in the case.

Friends and family of Stevenson are remembering the baseball player with a golf tournament this weekend.

On June 2, the 2012 Bryan Stevenson Invitational will be held at The Willows at the Kenton County Golf Club in Independence.

Money raised from the tournament will go towards the Bryan Stevenson Scholarship Fund, helping Scott High School students. In April, they hosted a baseball tournament to raise money for the fund.

For more information on the 2012 Bryan Stevenson Invitational, email StevensonInvitational@hotm

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