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Published January 19, 2012, 04:32 PM

Lawyer argues to toss out evidence from searches

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — The lawyer for a Cooperstown man accused of killing a North Dakota State University researcher is arguing that evidence obtained through search warrants shouldn't be allowed at trial.

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — The lawyer for a Cooperstown man accused of killing a North Dakota State University researcher is arguing that evidence obtained through search warrants shouldn't be allowed at trial.

The Forum reports (http://bit.ly/ziRVBS) that Daniel Wacht is charged with murder in the death of Cooperstown-based NDSU researcher Kurt Johnson. Wacht pleaded not guilty and a trial is scheduled to start April 16.

His attorney, Steven Mottinger, says that because evidence seized during the search of a van led to two warranted searches of Wacht's home, all three should be thrown out.

Court documents say that during the last of the three searches, authorities found Johnson's severed head in Wacht's basement with what appeared to be a bullet hole in the forehead.

District Court Judge Thomas Merrick took the matter under advisement.

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