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Published November 02, 2012, 08:58 AM

Grand Forks attempted murder trial going to the jury

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of trying to kill his apartment roommate in Grand Forks could soon learn his fate.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of trying to kill his apartment roommate in Grand Forks could soon learn his fate.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that jurors were to get the case of 27-year-old Travis Samshal on Friday after closing arguments by attorneys on both sides.

Samshal is accused of firing a hunting rifle at 35-year-old Leo Franco on Dec. 14, 2011. Samshal testified that he was afraid for his safety and that Franco had made unwanted sexual advances, which Franco denied.

Samshal also said he was only trying to scare Franco, and deliberately missed when he pulled the trigger.

Jurors will decide whether Samshal is innocent, or whether he is guilty of attempted murder or the lesser charge of reckless endangerment.

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