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Published July 08, 2010, 06:09 PM

Manvel Man Charged With Murder

Bond has been set at one million dollars for a Manvel man accused of murdering his brother.

Bond has been set at one million dollars for a Manvel man accused of murdering his brother.

45-year-old Rodney Chisholm made his first court appearance today on the murder charge.

Authorities say he admitted to killing his brother, 59-year-old Donald Chisholm.

Authorities say they found the body believed to be that of Donald Chisholm yesterday.

The criminal complaint also says that Rodney admitted to killing him during law enforcement questioning.

Major Bob Rost with the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department says, “We've been investigating the disappearance of Don Chisholm, talking to friends, relatives, places he may have gone.”

Authorities in a press conference today say they found the body believed to be that of Rodney west of Manvel. According to the criminal complaint, Rodney showed them where to find the body.

Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Peter Welte says, “I won't comment on whether or not there appeared to be any effort to hide the body, but there was excavation involved to recover the body.”

Authorities say Rodney said he killed Donald during a fight two weeks ago by striking him in the head with a metal pipe or strangling him or a combination of the both.

Welte says, “This is a very sensitive matter. We're trying also to be very sensitive to the Chisholm family. This is a lot for them to process right now.”

This isn't Rodney's first run-in with the law. Less than a week ago he was arrested after authorities found stolen farm equipment on his property. He posted bail, and authorities say he tried to flee. They found him in Nebraska driving a car he stole from another brother.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jason McCarthy says, “Our investigation did reveal that we believe he intended to go to California, so we do have concerns about him making his appearances.”

Rodney faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.

He will be back in court July 15th.

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