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Associated Press, Published May 13 2013

Lawyers to argue about interrogation in ND killing

BISMARCK — A man accused of second-degree murder in the death of a former Marine from North Dakota says investigators violated his rights when he was interrogated following his arrest.

Waylon Hicks is accused of fatally stabbing Jeremiah Sage after the two left a New Town bar last July.

The 30-year-old Sage, of Halliday, served two tours of duty in Iraq. He was working as a compliance officer with Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota.

Defense attorneys say Hicks did not "knowingly and intelligently" waive his right to remain silent when he talked to FBI agents in the early morning of July 20.

Prosecutors say Hicks was not coerced into talking and his statements were voluntary.

A hearing on a motion to throw out the defendant's statements is scheduled Monday in Bismarck.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.