SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Prosecutors in Minnehaha County say a Dell Rapids man did not deserve to die just because he threw a few punches at the man accused of shooting him.

Twenty-four-year-old Alex Wittenberg is on trial for murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of 39-year-old Johnathan Puttmann in November 2016 during a fist fight in Dell Rapids.

The Argus Leader reports Wittenberg’s attorney says Wittenberg was defending himself because Puttmann wouldn’t stop trying to hit him and had threatened him the night before the shooting.

Authorities say Wittenberg and a woman were parked across the street from Puttmann’s house to drop off Puttmann’s kids when Puttmann pulled up, walked up to the vehicle to let out the kids. Officials say Puttmann and Wittenberg began fighting until Wittenberg pulled a gun from his waistband.

Information from: Argus Leader,

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