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Published August 15, 2012, 01:00 PM

North Dakota man charged with murder to take stand at trial

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A Jamestown man on trial for allegedly killing a Somali immigrant is expected to take the stand in his own defense.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A Jamestown man on trial for allegedly killing a Somali immigrant is expected to take the stand in his own defense.

The Jamestown Sun reports that a defense lawyer for 34-year-old Leron Howard told jurors his client will take the stand and talk about the night 18-year-old Abdi Ali Ahmed died. Howard has pleaded not guilty in the April 2011 death of Ahmed, who was beaten and stabbed before his body was dumped in a ditch near Spiritwood.

Defense attorney Steve Mottinger said in opening statements that his client did not intend to kill Ahmed and will ask jurors to find him guilty of manslaughter.

A 22-year-old woman was earlier found guilty of manslaughter and criminal conspiracy charges in the case.

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