MANKATO, Minn. — An attorney for a former Minnesota Gophers quarterback accused of assaulting another football player wants medical records of the victim's brain injuries.
Philip Nelson is charged with first-degree assault as a result of a confrontation with former Minnesota State, Mankato, football player Isaac Kolstad in downtown Mankato May 11. Nelson is accused of kicking Kolstad in the head after Kolstad was punched during an argument.
Nelson's attorney, Jim Fleming, wants CT scans that were taken at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato, The Free Press (http://bit.ly/1mnVseG ) reported.
Surveillance video showed Kolstad pushing Nelson before another man, 21-year-old Trevor Shelley, ran up and punched Kolstad, causing him to fall and hit his head on concrete, investigators reported. Shelley also has been charged with felony assault.
Fleming said he needs the scans to determine whether the punch and Kolstad's fall to the ground or the kick to the head caused the most brain damage.
"I'm still trying to evaluate the case," Fleming said. "This is my investigation phase. I'm trying to uncover more information about this young man's injuries."
Fleming said the scans are the only evidence he needs to complete the medical portion of his defense investigation. He said he doesn't know why the records haven't been provided.
Nelson transferred from the Minnesota Gophers football team to Rutgers University, but was released from the Rutgers team shortly after the assault charges were filed.
A motion hearing on Fleming's request for the medical records is scheduled Monday.
Information from: The Free Press, http://www.mankatofreepress.com