Defense Calls Witnesses to Testify in Pautsky Trial

At the Wichita County Courthouse in the 89th District Courtroom, testimony continued in the trial of a man accused of seriously injuring an employee of a Wichita Falls bar in 2011.

Robert Pautsky is charged with aggravated assault.

According to testimony, doctors used metal plates to reconstruct the victim's face after he was hit.

The arrest affidavit states Pautsky told police someone was mouthing off to him, so he hit that person right outside the door of the Lazy Dog Saloon.

The injured employee says he thinks Pautsky was intending to punch someone else.

The defense called several witnesses to the stand this afternoon including one man who says he witnessed the incident and has known Pautsky for more than two decades

The  testified he believes Pautsky was defending himself.

Pautsky also took the stand and said he was the first of his group to leave the bar after employees began cursing him and others with him.

He said he tried to go back into the bar to get his wife but was confronted by the victim.

He says the victim came towards him as if he was going to hit him, so Pautsky says he threw the first punch.

The defense spent a great deal during jury selection going over the laws regarding self defense.

Pautsky also told the jury he did not know the extent of the victim's injuries until some time after the incident.

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