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Published August 21, 2012, 01:22 PM

North Dakota man on trial for Jamestown murder takes stand

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A Jamestown man on trial for murder in the death of a Somali immigrant says he hit the victim and knocked him to the ground, but denied stabbing him.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A Jamestown man on trial for murder in the death of a Somali immigrant says he hit the victim and knocked him to the ground, but denied stabbing him.

NewsDakota reports that 35-year-old Leron Howard testified Tuesday that he struck 18-year-old Abdi Ali Ahmed twice during an argument between Ahmed and Janelle Cave on April 30. Howard is charged with murder and criminal conspiracy in the death of Ahmed, whose body was found in a ditch near Spiritwood.

Cave was earlier convicted of manslaughter and criminal conspiracy and is serving an 11-year prison sentence.

Howard said Cave stabbed Ahmed.

A medical examiner earlier testified that Ahmed likely died because of the head injury, but that the stab wounds accelerated the death.

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