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Grand Forks Attorney Charged with Conspiring to Murder Informant


Grand Forks criminal defense attorney Henry Howe is arrested and charged with conspiring to murder a confidential informant.


The arrest came after Howe allegedly discussed with his clients that a key witness in their trial needed to be "gone".

Reporter Victor Correa has the story.

Wild: This isn't the simple country life anymore -- we're getting big city problems on a small country level.

Victor: Walsh Country Sheriff Lauren Wild is referring to today's of Grand Forks Defense Attorney Henry Howe and his two clients Paul Lysengen of Minto and Wesley Smith of St. Thomas.

Wild: They were arrested this morning, two of them when they made a court appearance here in district court, and the third one just north of town on highway 81 when he was coming into town.

Victor: All three men were charged with allegedly conspiring to commit murder.

Wild: I've heard of cases like this before but I don't believe that there's ever been a case of this nature charged out in Walsh county.

Victor: The person they were allegedly conspiring against was a key witness in drug case involving Howe's clients -- the client, was working for the Grand Forks narcotics Task Force.

Wild: grand forks narcotics area task force, which we're a part of, received information that there was possibly going to be a problem with one of their confidential informants.

Standup: The murder conspiracy charges includes allegations that Howe discussed with lysengen that the informant quote, "needed to be gone" at least 5 days before the trial or else it would quote "look suspicious".

Victor: All three men appeared in Walsh county court today for bond hearings. Howe's bond was set at 100,000, and his clients were set at 200,000 and 250,000. In Grafton, Victor Correa, WDAZ news.

The three men allegedly wanted the death to look like an accidental asphyxiation.

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