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Witnesses Take Stand in Plattsmouth Baseball Bat Beating Case

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OMAHA (KPTM)- The first witnesses took the stand in the trial of 19-year-old Travis Meisinger. He's one of three young men accused of attacking Tony Premo with a baseball bat in Plattsmouth.

Premo was not in the Cass County Courthouse Tuesday, but friends and family were as attorneys presented opening statements in the Meisinger's trial. Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox described a large fight between two groups of teens in Tony Premo's backyard on September 8th of last year.

Cox says Meisinger and two of his friends, Joshua Hauschild and Anthony Houchin, were outnumbered and chased away from the house. Cox says they decided to go back with baseball bats. "They're going to get revenge," Cox told the jury. "The defendant goes back because he's going to get his pound of flesh."

Tony Premo's kids had just woken him up. When he stepped outside to see what was going on, he was hit in the head with the wooden bat inside this packaging. "Brain bleeds can cause you to die," Cox said. "These are all things [a] doctor observed and treated Mr. Premo for."

Defense Attorney Michael Ziskey says Meisinger didn't go back to the house for revenge, but rather to get answers. "These events are critical to put yourself in Travis Meisinger's shoes that night as he goes back up to the house to understand what had happened," Ziskey told the jury.

Ziskey says Meisinger brought the bat for protection. He also says when Meisinger got to the porch he saw the other teens inside, moving toward the front door. "Travis, again afraid for his life, steps to the side and realizes there is not time to run as the door flies open," says Ziskey.

"Someone is running out the door. He sees arms and hands. Travis takes one swing, a reaction swing. It is Tony Premo, followed immediately by multiple others." The defense says Meisinger many not have shown the best judgment that night, but the assault on Premo was not intentional.

The jury heard from a couple of witnesses Tuesday afternoon. The trial is expected to last another two or three days.

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