Man killed after one punch; suspect faces manslaughter charges

MILACA, MN (WCMH/AP) — A Brooklyn Park man has been charged with manslaughter and assault in a confrontation at a resort on Mille Lacs Lake.

Prosecutors allege David Michael Stay, 44, assaulted 46-year-old David Taute, of Prior Lake, at Nitti’s Hunters Point Resort early Saturday. Taute died at a Twin Cities hospital.

According to the criminal complaint filed Monday, witnesses said Stay knocked out Taute with one punch to the jaw. The complaint says Stay admitted knocking Taute out, but gave no explanation for why except that Taute had been pushing him. It says security video shows Stay throwing the punch but nothing that might have provoked the attack.

“Evidently this guy came in was acting crazy and someone went in to get help and my Dave knew he was and just walked up to him, hands in his pocket and said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and he just hauled up and hit him and that was it, he went down,” Cathie Kranz, Taute’s fiancée, told WCCO-TV.

“Sucker punch, it’s not something you expect to kill somebody. It’s just senseless violence,” Cavin Kranz, Cathie’s son, said.

A phone number listed to Stay was not working Monday. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

WCCO-TV reports stay has a prior conviction for DWI and one for assault in the 1990s. He’s free on $10,000 bail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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