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Associated Press, Published February 01 2013

Jailhouse witness says ND murder suspect confessed

MINOT, N.D. — An inmate in the same cell block as Omar Mohamed Kalmio has testified that he heard the Somali man admit to killing people in Minot, and a co-worker of Kalmio's in the oil fields has testified that Kalmio revealed details of the crime not released to the public.

Kalmio is on trial for murder in the Jan. 28, 2011, shooting deaths of 19-year-old Sabrina Zephier, the mother of his child, and her mother, brother and mother's boyfriend. Kalmio is a Somali national who says he is in the U.S. under political asylum.

Defense attorneys maintain that the inmate is seeking a reduction in his jail time for his story, and that information about the crime that was not released to the public could have been available through social media.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.