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Published April 23, 2012, 05:23 PM

Prosecution Rests Case in Cooperstown Murder Trial

COOPERSTOWN, ND (WDAZ-TV) - After four days of testimony, the prosecution in the Daniel Wacht murder trial rested its case on Monday. Wacht is accused of killing and decapitating NDSU researcher Kurt Johnson around New Year's Eve 2010.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

COOPERSTOWN, ND (WDAZ-TV) - After four days of testimony, the prosecution in the Daniel Wacht murder trial rested its case on Monday.

Wacht is accused of killing and decapitating NDSU researcher Kurt Johnson around New Year's Eve 2010.

Jurors heard from several witnesses Monday, two of which talked about their contact with Wacht between the time of the murder and when Wacht was arrested.

Prosecutor Marina Spahr asked Alexa Chamberlin and her husband Joe Dalhberg about their separate visits to Wacht's house while he was home just after New Year's.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation found a blood-stained sofa pillow and a love seat with a large section of upholstery cut from it.

"I noticed that instead of the two couches, there was only one and that the house smelled clean, it had been cleaned... Like floor cleaner," witness Alexa Chamberlin said.

"There was only the one couch. There was two in there before, there was a couch and a love seat. But there was only the one... it was a little messed up, the cushions were kind of all over the place," witness Joe Dahlberg said.

The defense will start calling witnesses on Tuesday.

Defense attorney Steve Mottinger says he expects to be "done tomorrow," with witness testimony and the jury could possibly get the case by Tuesday evening or early Wednesday.

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