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Published May 04, 2011, 04:57 PM

Local Reaction to Guilty Verdict in Chisholm Murder Trial

A Manvel, ND, man is being held without bond after being convicted of murdering his brother last June in a dispute over land. Now, some Manvel residents say they're relieved.

A Manvel, ND, man is being held without bond after being convicted of murdering his brother last June in a dispute over land.

The jury deliberated Tuesday for about five and 1/2 hours before returning a guilty verdict against Rodney Chisholm.

Chisholm, 45, was found guilty for killing his brother, Donald Chisholm. Rodney had said the act was in self-defense.

"We thought the whole time that there was sufficient evidence for the verdict. Obviously a hose clamp was used on Donald Chisholm around his neck and we didn't buy into the self-defense argument and neither did the jury," said Assistant State's Attorney Jason McCarthy.

Some Manvel people say they are relieved that Rodney Chisholm is going to be behind bars, some saying he was known for terrorizing and threatening other residents, although no one would go on camera Wednesday.

Judge Lawrence Jahnke has set trial dates in June and July for the a number theft charges as well.

McCarthy says their was no struggle to fight the self-defense plea.

"We didn't struggle with it once, whatsoever. Remember, he beat him to death with a pipe, placed a hose clamp around his neck, had his wrists bound and buried him," said McCarthy.

WDAZ did try for comment from the Chisholm family and the defense attorney Steven Light, but all declined to comment.

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