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Published April 26, 2011, 07:05 PM

Chisholm Murder Trial Begins

The trial is underway in Grand Forks for a Manvel, ND, man accused of murdering his brother. 45-year-old Rodney Chisholm is accused of killing his brother, Donald Chisholm last June. The defense says Chisholm was acting in self defense.

The trial is underway in Grand Forks for a Manvel, ND, man accused of murdering his brother.

45-year-old Rodney Chisholm is accused of killing his brother, Donald Chisholm last June. The defense says Chisholm was acting in self defense.

"In order to answer the question of why, why Rodney acted in self-defense, was it justified. We need to understand those two, people," Chisholm's attorney Steven Light said.

According to court documents, Chisholm told authorities he hit Donald in the head with a metal pipe and/or strangled him. In opening arguments Tuesday, there was talk of land disputes and bad blood between the brothers.

"You will hear about a disagreement that evolved into a murder. You will learn that this was not self defense," Assistant state's attorney Jason McCarthy told the jury pool.

Chisholm's attorney Steven Light says his client will take the stand to tell jurors his side of the story. Prosecutors say the evidence will speak for itself.

"You'll find through the witnesses that we will present throughout the course of this trial that Donald Chisholm had no problem standing up for himself," Light said.

"It's a murder trial, not a popularity contest and there's really one person that can't stick up for himself," McCarthy said.

Judge Lawrence Jahnke expects the trial to last four to five days.

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