Jury finds Dimmitt guilty on 3 of 4 counts in 2012 bar fight

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) – A jury found Brent Dimmitt, 37, guilty of battery committed resulting in serious bodily injury, battery, and gang activity Friday in connection with a 2012 Lafayette bar fight which injured David Widner. He was found not guilty on a separate battery charge. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the charge of aggravated battery.  That charge was dismissed.  After the verdicts were read, Dimmitt pleaded guilty to being a habitual offender.

A sentencing date will be scheduled on Monday.  Prosecutors said Dimmitt faces 6-24 years in prison.

The jury deliberated for more than five hours after final arguments in the case wrapped up around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Prosecutors argued that the Clarks Hill man is guilty of all five charges, including battery and battery resulting in serious bodily injury. The defense said that the witnesses’ accounts were not consistent pinning Dimmitt as the person who injured Widner, thus not providing evidence that proved it beyond a reasonable doubt.

Over the course of the trial, the jury heard from several witnesses who were at the Champs bar the night of the fight. Widner also took the stand. He stated he remembers seeing Dimmitt’s face right before he got punched.
Widner suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Dimmitt did not take the stand during the trial.

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