A Wednesday morning trial has been postponed for a Florida man facing one charge of simple assault charge after an incident where Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert was punched at an Aberdeen bar.
Kyle D. Hadala, 29, of Sarasota, Fla., faces a misdemeanor simple assault charge and was set to appear in Aberdeen before Magistrate Judge Gregg Magera on Wednesday in for a court trial. During a court trial, the judge is presented with the evidence and makes a ruling. No jury is selected.
While witnesses and the prosecution were ready to proceed, the attorneys in this case went in and out of the judge’s chambers three times before those in attendance were told the case would be delayed, but attorneys did convene briefly before Magera to present arguments for and against the continuance.
Defense attorney Brandon Taliaferro requested a continuance arguing Hadala has a constitutional right to confront the victim in this incident and address his conduct during the night in question.
The incident was June 20 in the 1000 block of South Main Street. Police were called in reference to an assault about 1:07 a.m.
Goedert, who is a Britton native, was among those present at the Brown County Courthouse for Wednesday’s trial.
Deputy State’s Attorney Ross Aldentaler argued the continuance was not needed. The state’s burden is to prove the incident happened without a reasonable doubt, and that’s possible without Goedert’s presence, which is why he wasn’t subpoenaed to appear in this case. If the defense wanted him present, Aldentaler said, they have subpoena power as well.
Magera ultimately agreed to the continuance and set a status hearing for Dec. 2. In making his ruling, Magera said Hadala does have the right to confront his accused and prosecutors did at least give the appearance that Goedert would be present.
“I wish this issue would have been raised sooner,” Magera said.
Goedert, 25, was a star athlete at Britton-Hecla High School and South Dakota State University. He was drafted by the Eagles in the second round in 2018 and is entering his third year in the NFL.