A Carver County judge released Wednesday a Minneapolis man who was accused of murdering in a Chaska bar in June, surprising the victim's family and attorney, the Star Tribune said.
The second-degree murder charge on Jesse J. Rogers, 32, was cleared because of a lack of sufficient evidence, CBS Local News said. Rogers was accused of involved in 35-year-old Justin David Foster's death on June 3, 2011, outside a Chaska bar, according to CBS Local News.
According to CBS Local News, Foster was stabbed during a fight involving Rogers and his brothers outside Kelley's Bar in Chaska, authorities said. Evidence in the trial showed Rogers stabbed Foster five times, but Rogers argued he was acting in self-defense, according to CBS Local News.
"[Foster's] family was obviously devastated and hurt and didn't understand why the jury didn't decide this case," Carver County Attorney Mark Metz told the Star Tribune. The family did not want to be contacted for comment, Metz told the Star Tribune.