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'Wedgie' Leads To Death Near Sports Bar - Inspired By "Jackass"

What started with a "wedgie" inside a Southwest Roanoke sports bar ended with a disembowelment and fatal neck wound in a dark field beyond.

Jonathan Freel, 35, among a group of men horsing around at the All Sports Cafe on Grandin Road, died in the early April 5, 2003, stabbing. Michael Keith Williams, offended when Freel wedgied a friend of his, was charged with murder.

Williams' trial, set for three days, began Monday in Roanoke Circuit Court. Williams is claiming self-defense.

As lawyers in the case explained what they believed the evidence would show, the jury learned about a word not often heard inside a courtroom.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kimberly Boyer told jurors that Freel and several friends had been "giving each other wedgies, which, if you don't know, is the act of pulling up someone's underwear" after grabbing the waistband. The hijinks were inspired by "Jackass: The Movie," in which men do sometimes unspeakable things to themselves and their friends - wedgies are the least of it.

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