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Published August 16 2012

Witness: ND man asked about disposing of body

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – A witness testifying in the case of a Jamestown man accused of killing a Somali immigrant says the woman allegedly tried to dispose the body in his well.

Leron Howard, 34, is charged with murder and criminal conspiracy in the death of 18-year-old Abdi Ali Ahmed. His body was found in a ditch near Spiritwood on April 30, 2011. Authorities say he was beaten and stabbed.

Delmonte Jones testified Thursday that Howard and 22-year-old Janelle Cave came to his home early in the morning of April 30, 2011. Jones says the two asked about Jones’ well, saying they had a body to dispose of.

A jury earlier convicted Cave on manslaughter and criminal conspiracy charges. She is serving an 11-year sentence.