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Published January 26, 2012, 10:53 AM

Fate of ND murder suspect in hands of jury

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The fate of a North Dakota man accused of killing his friend is in the hands of a jury.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The fate of a North Dakota man accused of killing his friend is in the hands of a jury.

Twenty-eight-year-old John Unruh is charged with murder in the death last April 16 in his Lincoln home of 23-year-old Randall Albaugh. Unruh testified that he was using a knife to open the door of a bathroom where Albaugh and a woman were having loud sex within earshot of his young daughter, and that Albaugh was stabbed when he lunged at Unruh.

Defense attorney Tom Tuntland says Unruh was protecting himself, and that Albaugh's death was a "terrible tragedy," not murder.

Prosecutor Lloyd Suhr said in his closing argument to the jury Wednesday that Unruh was not justified in using deadly force and showed extreme indifference to the value of human life.

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