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Published April 18, 2012, 10:17 PM

Witness says Wacht asked him to join Aryan Nation gang

Cooperstown, ND (WDAY TV) - A Grand Forks man has testified against the man accused of murdering NDSU Professor Kurt Johnson today. He says the alleged murderer asked him to join an Aryan Nation gang.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ, WDAY

A Grand Forks man has testified against the man accused of murdering NDSU Professor Kurt Johnson today. He says the alleged murderer asked him to join an Aryan Nation gang. In day two of the murder trial of Daniel Wacht in Cooperstown, Jason Bolstad told jurors that Wacht had plans kill someone.

Just 13 days before NDSU researcher Kurt Johnson was last seen, Jason Bolstad of Grand Forks says he was introduced to the man accused of killing Johnson. Bolstad says he met Daniel Wacht at a friend's house and later that night he says he accepted an invitation to Wacht's home in Cooperstown, where they talked.

Jason Bolstad – Prosecution Witness: "He wanted to start an Aryan Nation up here."

Bolstad says he, Wacht, and one of Wacht's friends, went just outside of town that night and shot guns at a tree. Prosecutors shared pictures of the tree to show jurors Bolstad's story was true. Bolstad told jurors that Wacht asked him to join an Aryan Nation gang he was starting.

Voice of Griggs County Attorney: "Did he tell you how he wanted to start a gang?"

Jason Bolstad : "He told me, he was going to either blow something up or kill someone to prove that they were here to stay.

Bolstad says he told Wacht that he would never get away with such violent crimes, but Bolstad says Wacht was confident he could.

Jason Bolstad: "Yeah, he said that they were all idiots. And that there was corn feed people up here."

Later, Griggs County Sheriff Robert Hook took the stand where he was questioned about the time when Kurt Johnson severed head was found in the crawl space in Wachts' basement. Jurors saw a picture of the bag which contained Johnson's head.

Prosecuting Attorney: "When the bag was opened where you able to make a positive identification that it was Kurt Johnson, and were you positive of that?"

Robert Hook – Griggs County Sheriff: "Yes, yes I was."

Prosecuting Attorney: "How positive?"

Robert Hook: "I was 100%."

As the day of testimonies wrapped up, prosecutors showed the jury the nine millimeter Glock pistol that was used to kill Johnson at close range. During cross examination, the defense questioned Bolstad's credibility, because he is currently serving a sentence at the James River Correctional Center in Jamestown on a probation violation.

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