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Published April 10, 2012, 05:33 PM

Bail Set at $1M for Fargo Man Accused of Killing Wife

FARGO – Bail was set at $1 million cash or bond this morning for a Fargo man accused of stabbing his wife to death and trying to cover up the evidence.

By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum Communications

FARGO – Bail was set at $1 million cash or bond this morning for a Fargo man accused of stabbing his wife to death and trying to cover up the evidence.

Henry Leo Deniger, 50, made his first appearance in Cass County District Court just after 9 a.m. via interactive television from the Cass County Jail. He was transported to Fargo on Monday from the Stearns County Jail in St. Cloud, Minn.

Deniger is accused of killing his 52-year-old wife, Kathye Deniger, who was found stabbed to death March 6 in their apartment at 2601 14th St. S. in Fargo.

In requesting $1 million bail, Assistant State’s Attorney Tanya Johnson Martinez referred to Deniger’s criminal history and the fact he resisted extradition from St. Cloud, where he was arrested the day after his wife was found dead.

“We believe he is a flight risk,” she told Judge Steven McCullough.

Asked by McCullough if he had anything to say before bail was set, Deniger answered, “It’s up to you, your honor.”

McCullough set bail at $1 million cash or bond and appointed public defender Gordon Dexheimer to represent Deniger.

Deniger’s next court appearance will be a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. May 10, at which time he may enter pleas to the charges of Class AA felony murder and Class C felony tampering with evidence.

If convicted of the murder charge, Deniger faces up to life in prison without parole.

Deniger’s extradition from Stearns County to Cass County was approved Thursday by a judge.

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