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No charges to be brought in Giese stabbing

The City of Morris will not pursue charges relating to the March 15 stabbing of a man in Morris.

Lucas Giese, 28, was stabbed during an altercation at a party in the early hours of March 15 on the 500 block of West 6th Street. Giese was hospitalized and later released.

City Attorney Charles Glasrud stated Tuesday that after a thorough investigation, "it appears the individual who stabbed Mr. Giese would be able to make out a plausible claim of self-defense under Minnesota law."

Morris Police officers responded to a report of a disturbance and stabbing at the residence, and reported that there was a party at the residence and an argument escalated into a pushing match that moved outside the residence, which apparently is where the stabbing occurred, Chief of Police Jim Beauregard said.

Giese sustained stab wounds to his upper body.

A "very thorough" police investigation included three dozen witness statements and "the identities of the participants in the incident are well established," Glasrud said.

The accounts established that more than one fight broke out at the residence during a large party that including alcohol consumption, Glasrud said.