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Published April 05 2012

Extradition from St. Cloud approved for Fargo murder suspect

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A Fargo man accused of stabbing his wife to death and trying to cover up the evidence will soon be back in Fargo after a Minnesota judge authorized his extradition today.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office plans to pick up 50-year-old Henry Leo Deniger early next week from the Stearns County Jail in St. Cloud and bring him back to the Cass County Jail, Sgt. DuWayne Nitschke said.

Deniger is accused of killing his 52-year-old wife, Kathye Deniger, who was found stabbed to death March 6 in their apartment at 2601 14th St. S.

Police arrested Deniger the next day in St. Cloud. They claim in court documents that he confessed to killing his wife after he was arrested.

Today's court hearing was necessary because Deniger refused to waive extradition. A governor’s warrant from North Dakota sought Deniger’s return to face charges of Class AA felony murder and Class C felony tampering with physical evidence for allegedly washing a knife discovered at the crime scene.

Mike Lieberg, criminal division chief at the Stearns County Attorney’s Office in St. Cloud, said Deniger didn’t make any comments in court before Judge Frederick Grunke authorized his transfer.

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