TOWN OF BURLINGTON — A Walworth County man will not face charges in connection to a late January stabbing incident that occurred in a Town of Burlington pub, according to the Racine County district attorney.
On Thursday, District Attorney Tricia Hanson said that all pending charges against Paul Blair have been declined.
“Based on witness statements, the victim was the aggressor, and there was an inference from those statements that the alleged Mr. Blair was defending himself,” Hanson said.
Deputies, City of Burlington Police and Burlington Rescue crews were dispatched at about 9:27 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, to Countryside Pub, 8225 McHenry St. (Highway P), in the Bohners Lake area for a report of a man stabbed.
Sheriff’s officials said the incident started when two men — 54-year-old Thomas Finucane of the Town of Burlington and 40-year-old Paul Blair of the Pell Lake area — were arguing over a pool game. The argument reportedly turned into a physical fight and ended with a stabbing.
Racine County sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and tended to Finucane, who was originally thought to be the victim in the incident. According to sheriff’s officials, Finucane had a stab wound to his lower left side/back and was transported by Burlington Area Rescue to Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington.
Finucane was later transported by Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert, the regional advanced trauma hospital located in Wauwatosa.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that it had taken Blair, whom deputies originally thought to be the aggressor in the incident, into custody at his residence that evening. Blair was described as a regular at the bar, according to sheriff’s officials.
Hanson said the District Attorney’s Office as of Thursday had not received a request for charges regarding Finucane.