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North Dakota man found guilty of murder


JAMESTOWN (AP) -- A North Dakota man who admitted he hit an 18-year-old Somali man whose dead body was found in a ditch was found guilty of murder and criminal conspiracy Thursday.

A jury of eight women and four men deliberated for a day and half before finding Leron Howard, 35, guilty of the charges in the April 2011 killing of Abdi Ali Ahmed, 18.

Howard's attorney, Steve Mottinger, had asked the jury to find Howard guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter.

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