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Associated Press, Published July 16 2013

ND man pleads not guilty in deadly domestic spat

BISMARCK - A Lincoln man accused of stabbing his brother's fiancee and holding her against her will during a domestic dispute that left his mother dead has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and felonious restraint.

Thirty-six-year-old Christopher Vick could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted on both charges. He's being held without bond.

Authorities say the dispute on May 30 left Vick's 62-year-old mother, Alice Vick, dead, though no charges have been filed in her death. An autopsy concluded she died of blunt force trauma to the head, and Burleigh County prosecutor Pam Nesvig says her death remains under investigation.

Authorities say the woman Vick allegedly stabbed, Erin Mees, needed several hours of surgery for stab wounds on her face, chest and shoulders.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.