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Published January 28, 2010, 11:50 AM

Man Imprisoned Since 1991 for Fargo Murder Seeks New Trial

A man who's been in prison for 19 years for a Fargo murder is asking the North Dakota Supreme Court to give him a new trial.

A man who's been in prison for 19 years for a Fargo murder is asking the North Dakota Supreme Court to give him a new trial.

Reggie Tweed was convicted of killing Terry Dorff in April 1991.

Dorff was hog-tied and hit in the head with a rock. Tweed and David Sumner had gone to Dorff's apartment to drink beer.

Investigators said Dorff was hit five times. Tweed says he hit Dorff once. Tweed's attorney is Chad McCabe of Bismarck, and he told the Supreme Court today that Tweed's actions did not cause Dorff's death. The lawyer puts the blame on Sumner.

Justice Daniel Crothers says Tweed's jury considered the information and still decided Tweed was guilty of murder.

Justice Dale Sandstrom says Tweed and Sumner may not have meant to kill Dorff -- but their actions put him at risk.

Sumner refused to testify at Tweed's trial. After Tweed was convicted, Sumner was also put on trial for murder. He was acquitted when Tweed refused to testify against him.

After Tweed was sentenced in October 1991, he says Sumner told another man that he also hit Dorff with the rock.

Tweed says he just recently became aware of Sumner's statement, and he says he should have a new trial because of newly discovered evidence.

The Supreme Court will decide the case later.

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