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Trial for Tyler Dahms begins, his father testifies

PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -- The trial started on Monday for a Portage County man accused of killing a woman and stabbing two men. Opening statements wrapped up in the trial of 20-year-old Tyler Dahms.

This case began in May 2011. The state argues that Dahms stabbed and killed Karen Dombrowski out of anger after about 24 hours worth of heated interaction with her family. But the defense tells us a different story. Dahms' attorney says her client acted in self-defense.

"It's the type of community where everybody knows each other and they know each other's family going back generations," said defense attorney Anne Renc. "But like any close-knit community, there were a number of tensions running beneath the surface."

"This trial is about the defendant's choices, choices that left one woman dead and two other men on the brink of death," said assistant district attorney Cass Cousins.

Three witness took the stand, including investigators who responded to the scene. Dahms' father was one of those first responders. He says he got a call from his son while he was at the scene and told authorities about it.

"When he got off the radio, I told him I had something to say," said Tyler's father, Robert Dahms. "I think I know who did this and I know where he is."

The case is expected to last through the week, with a jury of 14 listening on -- ten women and four men. At the end of the trial, twelve of those jurors will decide the verdict.

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