MARQUETTE - The jury trial of an Ishpeming man accused of beating a Negaunee man to death in April of last year was scheduled to resume this morning with testimony from prosecution witnesses.
Thomas Arthur Hyttinen, 38, is charged with manslaughter in the April 11, 2011 death of Carl Wayne Mercer, 43. The trial, which opened Monday, is scheduled to last four days. The charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
A jury was selected Monday and is composed of eight women and five men, including one alternate. After opening statements from attorneys, the jury heard testimony Monday from three prosecution witnesses.
Marquette County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Matt Weise and defense attorney Sarah Henderson, both standing, address the court at the beginning of a preliminary examination in 2011 for Thomas Arthur Hyttinen, who is seated next to Henderson. Hyttinen’s manslaughter trial started Monday. (Journal file photo by John Pepin)
The alleged assault occurred at Hyttinen's apartment at 638 N. Fourth St. in Ishpeming.
According to previous district court testimony, police said Hyttinen told them he had punched Mercer, after Mercer pushed him and swung at him, while Hyttinen sat on the edge of a bed in his Ishpeming apartment.
The altercation occurred after the two men had been out drinking at the Rainbow Bar in Ishpeming with Jodi Arbelius, who was Mercer's girlfriend and Hyttinen's cousin.
Witnesses testified previously that Arbelius and Hyttinen sought to help Mercer before emergency medical personnel arrived. Mercer was later pronounced dead at Bell Hospital.
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