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Published October 24, 2013, 09:18 PM

Unsolved case from 2007 GF bar brawl gets attention from NBC's "Dateline"

A 2007 brawl outside a Grand Forks bar that left one man dead -- remains unsolved -- and still presents enough of a mystery to garner the attention of a national network. NBC's "Dateline" news show will air a segment on the case Friday night -- and they're using old video shot by WDAZ.

A 2007 brawl outside a Grand Forks bar that left one man dead -- remains unsolved -- and still presents enough of a mystery to garner the attention of a national network. NBC's "Dateline" news show will air a segment on the case Friday night -- and they're using old video shot by WDAZ.

Part of the interest in the 6-year-old case might have something to do with the date of the crime and clothing of the suspects. It was October 27th, the Saturday before Halloween. The incident resulted in the death of 38-year-old Joel Lovelien, and the arrest and trial of Travis Stay, a 24-year-old UND student who was eventually acquitted of murder in the case.

The costumes worn by those involved in the fight added confusion to the initial crime investigation. In the parking lot of the Broken Drum bar in north Grand Forks, not far from Lovelien's body, a piece of a yellow costume was found... soaked in the victim's blood. Police eventually matched it to the costume Stay was wearing that night. He was dressed as a lion.

The Dateline episode, using WDAZ footage airs Friday at 7 PM on NBC.

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