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Associated Press, Published January 30 2012

Murder trial of 2 Jamestown residents set to begin

JAMESTOWN — Two Jamestown residents charged with murder are scheduled to go on trial Feb. 6 in Stutsman County District Court.

KQDJ radio reports that 34-year-old Leron Howard and 22-year-old Janelle Cave are charged with murder in the death of 18-year-old Abdi Ali Ahmed, an immigrant from Somalia.

Ahmed's body was discovered in a ditch near Spiritwood on April 30. Authorities say he was stabbed and suffered blunt force trauma.

Howard and Cave pleaded not guilty in July to murder and criminal conspiracy. They're expected to be tried together.

Judge Thomas Merrick will preside over the two week trial, starting with selection of the 12-member jury on Feb. 6.

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