Victim takes the stand in bar fight trial

Brent Dimmitt, 37, heads into the courtroom in Tippecanoe County on the second day of trial on April 2, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
Brent Dimmitt, 37, heads into the courtroom in Tippecanoe County on the second day of trial on April 2, 2014. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The court heard from David Widner Thursday. The man who was seriously injured in a 2012 bar fight took the stand.

Widner told the court that Brent Dimmitt, 37, was making fun of someone who was in his group while inside the bar. Widner then said that he and his group of friends decided to leave shortly after.

According to Widner, he walked out of the bar along with his friends and remembers Dimmitt was trying to pick a fight with him. Widner said he remembers seeing Dimmitt walk away, but then remembers seeing a glimpse of Dimmitt’s face and felt a fist hit his face.

The next thing Widner remembered was waking up in the hospital. He said it was some time after the incident because he was no longer in ICU.

Widner’s current condition was also discussed.

Widner said he has lost his sense of smell and most of his sense of taste. He said he has weakness in the left side of his body and short-term memory loss. Widner said he suffers from depression and anxiety and is unable to hold a job. He is still currently undergoing physical and occupational therapy.

Widner said his life has completely changed since his injury.

The court also heard from an investigator specializing in gangs. The investigator identified tattoos on Dimmitt’s body that he said are associated with the gang Rebel Cause.

The trial is expected to wrap up Friday afternoon. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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