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Published May 28 2011

Man pleads not guilty in Cooperstown death

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. – A man charged with murder in the death of a Cooperstown man pleaded not guilty to the charge Friday in Griggs County District Court. Daniel Wacht remains in custody in the Stutsman County Jail.

He is accused in the death of Kurt Johnson, who was last seen alive New Year’s Eve. Johnson’s head was found in the basement of Wacht’s Cooperstown home, but Johnson’s body has not been found.