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Associated Press, Published August 20 2012

Jamestown murder trial could go to jury on Wednesday

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The judge overseeing a murder trial in Jamestown says it could go to the jury by midweek.

Thirty-four-year-old Leron Howard has pleaded not guilty to murder and criminal conspiracy in the April 2011 death of Abdi Ali Ahmed, an 18-year-old Somali immigrant whose body was found in a ditch near Spiritwood. The trial began with jury selection last Tuesday.

The Jamestown Sun reports that state medical examiner William Massello testified on Friday that Ahmed was hit on the head and suffered a devastating brain injury, and that he also was stabbed in the chest and stomach area.

One person already has been found guilty in Ahmed's death. A jury in February convicted 22-year-old Janelle Cave on manslaughter and criminal conspiracy charges. She is appealing.


Information from: The Jamestown Sun, http://www.jamestownsun.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.