Updated: 09/25/2013 12:29 PM
Created: 09/24/2013 5:52 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
In an orange jumpsuit, Duluth murder suspect Joshua Littlewolf took the stand Tuesday and he stayed there pretty much all day
Littlewolf is acting as his own attorney in his murder trial which has made the case unusual. Littlewolf was able to talk freely during his testimony for as long as he wanted. He was on the stand until about 4 p.m.
During his testimony, he told many stories about his upbringing saying he was aggressive and angry growing up because of how his Native American ancestors were treated. Littlewolf also said he turned to drinking when his fiancee died.
Those stories were the focus of most of his morning testimony. It appeared some jurors were becoming exhausted and people in the courtroom were visibly frustrated.
"It was irrelevant," Rachel, who was a friend of the victim, said.
In the afternoon, Littlewolf started focusing on the alleged murder that police said took place at the Frances Skinner Apartments back in April 2012.
In his testimony, Littlewolf admitted to cutting and beating up the victim, Joshua Olson.
"I was just pounding the sh**t out of him," Littlewolf said. "I knocked him out. He was out cold."
Littlewolf said the fight started after Olson stepped on his leg while he was sleeping. Littlewolf also said Olson was the first person to grab the knife.
While Littlewolf did admit to using the knife, Littlewolf said he didn't make the fatal cut across the victim's neck.
"I didn't do that, what you've seen in those pictures," Littlewolf said.
Littlewolf said he left the apartment after the fight and was later picked up in Saint Cloud. When we was finally arrested, he said he was shocked.
"I had no knowledge whatsoever about a murder," Littlewolf said.
Closing arguments are expected to get underway Wednesday.
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