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Archie Ingersoll, Forum Communications Co., Published November 05 2010

Trial set for man accused of killing brother

GRAND FORKS – The murder trial of a rural Manvel, N.D., man accused of killing his brother is set to start Feb. 8.

Rodney Chisholm, 45, appeared Thursday in state District Court in Grand Forks for a pre-trial hearing.

Chisholm has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and five felony theft counts linked to stolen farm equipment that authorities allegedly found in his possession.

He is due back in court Dec. 9 for another pretrial hearing. A separate trial on the theft charges against him is set to begin Jan. 11.

According to a court filing, Chisholm told investigators he killed his 59-year-old brother, Donald, on or about June 24 by either hitting him in the head with a metal pipe, strangling him or a combination of the two.

Chisholm told the Grand Forks Herald that he acted in self-defense after his brother, a farmer from Manvel, swung at him with a metal pipe.

The brothers were reportedly in a dispute over a plot of family-owned land near Mekinock, N.D.

A judge has ordered attorneys and others involved in the case to not discuss the matter with the news media.

Archie Ingersoll is a writer for the Grand Forks Herald