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Brittany Lawonn, Published January 02 2008

Trial date set in ’05 West Fargo rape case

A Feb. 20 trial date has been set for a Yonkers, N.Y., man accused of raping an elderly West Fargo woman at knife-point in 2005.

Michael Jerome Waller Jr., 23, is facing felony gross sexual imposition and burglary charges in Cass County District Court for the Nov. 16, 2005 incident.

Waller lived five blocks from the 73-year-old woman at the time, according to court documents.

Authorities arrested Waller on Sept. 19 in New York after tips came in saying he should be considered a suspect. DNA later linked him to the case.

Waller is being held at the Cass County Jail on $250,000 cash or bond.

Trial date set in ’05 West Fargo rape case Brittany Lawonn 20080102