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Published February 15, 2012, 05:12 PM

Jury Begins Deliberations in Jamestown Murder Trial

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A jury has started deliberations in the trial of a Jamestown woman accused of killing a Somali immigrant.

By: Associated Press,

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A jury has started deliberations in the trial of a Jamestown woman accused of killing a Somali immigrant.

Twenty-two-year-old Janelle Cave is charged with murder and criminal conspiracy in the death of 18-year-old Abdi Ali Ahmed. His body was found in a ditch near Spiritwood on April 30, 2011. Authorities say he was beaten and stabbed. Thirty-four-year-old Leron Howard has pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

NewsDakota reports that the jury of eight men and four women began deliberating about 3 p.m. Wednesday after lawyers presented closing arguments.

Cave earlier took the stand on Tuesday and said she was scared of Howard.

If found not guilty of murder, Cave could still be found guilty of lesser counts of manslaughter or negligent homicide.

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