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Westhope Murder Suspect in Court

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A Westhope man accused of killing another Westhope man in February says he's not guilty.

49-year-old Timothy Mundt entered his plea in Northeast District Court in Bottineau this afternoon.

Mundt is charged with Class Double-A Murder in the shooting death of 40-year-old Jessie Kirk in Westhope in early February.

Mundt waived his preliminary hearing, meaning there still has been no testimony about the facts of the case, other than that Kirk was killed with a rifle.

Bottineau Assistant State's Attorney Swain Benson says details of the prosecution's case are being kept between the prosecution and defense.

Swain Benson, Bottineau County Asst. State's Attorney) "They've got, through the discovery process, the evidence that the state has so they've got that evidence there. So nothing has been put on the record at this time except for the information that has been filed, so that includes a little more information with the proposed witnesses."

Mundt requested a jury trial and the court tentatively set a mid-October date for the trial to begin.

Class Double-A Murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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