A possible plea agreement for the Minnesota man charged in the 2016 death of a UW-Stout student is under consideration.

On Tuesday, Cullen Osburn appeared before Judge Rod Smeltzer in Dunn County Circuit Court for a status hearing. Osburn, 29, faces charges of felony murder and aggravated battery resulting from an altercation involving Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, a UW-Stout student, that took place outside a pizza restaurant in downtown Menomonie in the early morning hours of Oct. 30, 2016. Alnahdi died in an Eau Claire hospital the following day as a result of traumatic brain injuries.

Lawyers on both sides indicated that a plea deal may be in the offing. "I think we may be close to a potential resolution," Christopher Zipko, Osburn's attorney, told the judge. "I have to sit down and go through the history with my client."

Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf affirmed that work on an agreement is underway and could be presented before the end of the month. In the meantime, a final pretrial is set for March 23, with an eight-day jury trial scheduled to begin April 10. 

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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