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Accused Murderer of a U.S. Army Marine in New Town Goes on Trial

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Jeremiah Sage Jeremiah Sage
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A man on trial for the murder of a U.S. Army Marine wants jurors to find that he acted in self defense.

The trial for Waylon Hicks started today in U.S. Federal Court in Bismarck.

Hicks is charged with second degree murder for the death of 30 year old Jeremiah Sage.

Hicks is accused of stabbing Sage in the heart multiple times and slashing his throat.

It happened in July 2012 at the New Town Marina.

Authorities say Hicks admitted to killing Sage but did it after Sage tried to sexually assault him.

Hicks told officers Sage drove him out to the marina and made a pass at him by tearing his shirt open and unbuckling his belt.

Authorities found Sage's vehicle over an embankment fully engulfed in flames.

Sage's body was inside and had been burned beyond recognition.

Sage was a U.S. Marine who served two tour of duties in Iraq.

During opening statements, Hicks' defense attorney, told jurors she hopes they find justification for Hicks' actions as he was defending himself and set him free.

The trial is set to run this week.

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