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Published December 10, 2010, 12:56 PM

Trial delayed for ND man accused in brother death

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Trial has been delayed about a month for a northeast North Dakota man accused of killing his brother.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Trial has been delayed about a month for a northeast North Dakota man accused of killing his brother.

Forty-five-year-old Rodney Chisholm was to stand trial beginning Feb. 8. The Grand Forks Herald reports that the date has been moved to March 15 at the request of Chisholm's attorney, Steven Light.

Light told a judge this week that prosecutors had offered a plea deal but the defense rejected it.

Chisholm has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and five felony theft counts linked to stolen farm equipment that authorities say they found in his possession.

Chisholm is accused of killing his 59-year-old brother, Donald, in June by hitting him in the head with a metal pipe, strangling him or a combination of the two. Chisholm says he acted in self-defense.

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