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Published April 27, 2011, 03:10 PM

Minn. man accused of attacking mom with machete

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Bail is set at $1 million for a western Minnesota man accused of attacking his 68-year-old mother with a machete. KBRF-AM reports 46-year-old James Howard of Dalton made his first court appearance Wednesday.

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Bail is set at $1 million for a western Minnesota man accused of attacking his 68-year-old mother with a machete.

KBRF-AM reports 46-year-old James Howard of Dalton made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Howard is charged with attempted murder and assault. Howard told paramedics he intended to kill his mother, Barbara Howard, to end her suffering from cancer and diabetes.

Court documents say James Howard also told them he used a machete to injure his mother. He was hospitalized in Fergus Falls with what deputies say was a self-inflicted neck wound, but is now in jail.

According to the complaint, Barbara Howard is on life support at a Fargo, N.D., hospital with a severe skull fracture. At the family's request, Sanford Medical Center is not releasing her condition.

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