WAUSAU – A Wausau teen convicted in a fatal stabbing will not seek a new trial.
Dylan Yang, 17, was convicted in 2016 in the death of 13-year-old Isaiah Powell, stabbed by Yang during a fight between two groups of teens in Wausau. Yang was 15 at the time of the stabbing on Feb. 27, 2015. The case became the subject of activism in Wausau and nationwide among those who believed he was treated differently because of his race and those who argued Yang should not have been charged as an adult.
Shortly after Yang was sentenced in October to 13 years in prison, his attorney filed a motion asking for a new trial, arguing that Yang had not had sufficient counsel in the trial that led to his conviction.
In court in Marathon County on Tuesday, Yang’s attorney said Yang had decided not to pursue a new trial. Harry Hertel, representing Yang, told reporters after the hearing that Yang had told him Monday afternoon that he didn’t want a new trial. Yang was concerned about the emotional toll a second trial would take on his family as well as Powell’s family and friends.