Closing arguments Friday at motorcycle shop standoff trial

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The state and defense will present closing arguments Friday at the Brian Flatoff standoff trial in Winnebago County.

Flatoff is standing trial for 16 counts related to a Dec. 5, 2015 hostage situation and standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah.

Flatoff represented himself for much of the trial, which started Monday. The trial was scheduled for three weeks, but both sides are wrapping their case after a week.

On Thursday, Flatoff asked the judge if he could have an attorney represent him for the remainder of the trial. Judge John Jorgensen agreed and appointed standby counsel Ben Szilagyi to take over the case. Szilagyi asked for a mistrial but the judge denied that motion.

On Friday, the judge gave the jury instructions before breaking for lunch. Both sides will deliver closing arguments before handing the case over to the jury.

Investigators say Flatoff went to Eagle Nation Cycles on Dec. 5, 2015, to confront a man he accused of stealing his motorcycle.

The man was not there, but Flatoff, armed with a gun, took people in the shop hostage. That escalated to a shootout with law enforcement.

Hostage Michael Funk was shot and killed by police after he escaped the cycle shop during the shootout. Prosecutors charged Flatoff for being responsible for Funk's death because of the incidents they say he set in motion that day.

Action 2 News will continue to update this developing story.

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