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Published October 11, 2011, 09:33 AM

Trial set for man accused of killing researcher

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A jury trial has been scheduled for a Cooperstown man accused of killing a North Dakota State University researcher.

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A jury trial has been scheduled for a Cooperstown man accused of killing a North Dakota State University researcher.

The Forum reports (http://bit.ly/qyXsuo ) that Daniel Wacht is slated to stand trial April 16 in Southeast District Court, in Griggs County.

Ten days have been set aside for the trial before Judge James Hovey.

Wacht is charged with murder in the death of Cooperstown-based NDSU researcher Kurt Johnson. Wacht pleaded not guilty to the charge on May 27.

Authorities say Johnson's severed head was found in the Cooperstown home of Wacht, but the rest of his Johnson's body has not been found.

If convicted, Wacht faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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