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Published October 19, 2010, 09:19 AM

Motive unclear in Pembina County shooting

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Authorities and attorneys aren't speculating on the motive for a fatal shooting in the northeast North Dakota town of Pembina but a prosecutor says he's expecting a self-defense argument.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Authorities and attorneys aren't speculating on the motive for a fatal shooting in the northeast North Dakota town of Pembina but a prosecutor says he's expecting a self-defense argument.

Twenty-five-year-old Miguel Medina-Romero is being held on $1 million bail. He's accused of murder in the Saturday night death of 19-year-old B.J. Kalis of Walhalla.

He also faces a felony drug charge after officers say they found about a dozen marijuana plants in his home.

Defense attorney Neil Fleming isn't commenting. Pembina County Sheriff Brian Erovick says it's not known if the shooting was related to drugs.

Ben Ohmann, a friend of both the suspect and victim, told the Grand Forks Herald that Kalis was armed with a bat when Medina-Romero shot him.

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