Opening statements and witness testimonies at Flatoff jury trial
OSHKOSH, Wis. (WLUK) -- The trial is underway for the man accused of triggering a deadly standoff in Neenah in 2015.
Brian Flatoff is also accused of causing death of Michael Funk during that standoff. Police officers thought that Funk was the hostage-taker and shot and killed him. They were later cleared in the shooting.
During opening statements, prosecutor Scott Cemen talked about the events leading up to the police shooting of Michael Funk. He told the jury if Flatoff hadn't gone into the cycle shop armed, Funk would still be alive.
"I will prove to you beyond reasonable doubt with the witness testimony from the people who were there, who survived this. But you'll also essentially be taken there and you will see and hear just about everything I told you went down that day," Cemen said.
But Flatoff says investigators are lying, claiming that they're "editing" details about what happened leading up to Funk's death.
"All the video evidence, multiple different ways, for hours after the assassination shows you bragging and bravado. It tells you officers did not see a gun. They did not process a weapon," Flatoff told the jury.
After opening statements, three people took the witness stand.
Eva Kranski said she was in an intimate relationship with Flatoff during the time of the standoff.
Kranski said on the morning of Dec. 5, 2015, Flatoff had left her home. When she woke up, she noticed her gun was missing.
"I quickly got dressed, got my keys, I was on my way out, I saw an open gun case on the table."
The next witness was Gerald Ehlke, an acquaintance of Flatoff. Ehlke told jurors that Flatoff threatened to kill Vance Dalton for allegedly stealing Flatoff's motorcycle.
Ehlke's testimony centered on another case involving Flatoff, which was four months before the Eagle Nation incident, when Flatoff was in jail for another alleged crime.
During Dalton's testimony, he said there was an agreement that Flatoff would sell a motorcycle to Dalton if Dalton posted bond of $3,000 to get Flatoff out of jail.
Dalton said shortly after the sale, Flatoff threatened Dalton to get the motorcycle back.
"He said 'if I don't get my bike back, I'll kill you, I'll kill your wife and kids to get through you'," Dalton told jurors.
The court ended with Dalton's testimony. Flatoff will be able to cross examine Dalton Tuesday morning at the Winnebago County Courthouse.
Flatoff is being held in jail on a $500,000 cash bond.
If convicted, the maximum sentences on all the charges total nearly 300 years in prison.