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Trial moved for SD suspect in ND killing

BISMARCK (AP) -- A South Dakota man accused of killing a North Dakota man will stand trial next month in Bismarck. Judge Bruce Haskell has ordered that Nicholas Caspers' murder trial be moved from Ashley because of the notoriety of the case in sp...

BISMARCK (AP) -- A South Dakota man accused of killing a North Dakota man will stand trial next month in Bismarck.

Judge Bruce Haskell has ordered that Nicholas Caspers' murder trial be moved from Ashley because of the notoriety of the case in sparsely populated McIntosh County. Caspers' attorney earlier had asked for a change of venue.

The 27-year-old Caspers has pleaded not guilty in the Feb. 28 death of 30-year-old Paul Varner. Authorities allege that Caspers went to Varner's home in Wishek and punched him, and that broken bones in Varner's face caused him to suffocate.

Caspers, an auctioneer with South Dakota-based Mobridge Livestock Market, claims self-defense.

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