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Published September 24, 2013, 11:43 AM

Two men plead not guilty in North Dakota slaying

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two man accused of conspiring to murder a South Dakota man in North Dakota have pleaded not guilty.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two man accused of conspiring to murder a South Dakota man in North Dakota have pleaded not guilty.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the charges against 20-year-old Joshua Clark and 26-year-old Theo Crowe carry a possible life prison term upon conviction.

The two are accused in the death of 18-year-old John Swain, who was reported missing in mid-May after moving to Bismarck from Sioux Falls, S.D., in search of work. Police believe Clark and Crowe lured Swain into a Bismarck home, hit him with a hammer and cut off his legs.

Authorities say Swain's body was found in late June at the home of Crowe's grandmother in Poplar, Mont.

Clark, of Stanley, is being held on $1 million cash bond. Crowe, of Trenton, is being held without bond.

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