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Murder Suspect Pleads "Not Guilty"

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A Minot man says he is "not guilty" of murder in the death of his girlfriend.

47-year-old Darin Parker entered the plea today in Northwest District Court.

In today's preliminary hearing, Minot Police Detective Jay Laudenschlager said Parker had initially told him that injuries to 44-year-old Karrie Williams were from a fall.

But the detective said when he saw the woman, he knew that couldn't be true.

(Jay Laudenschlager, Minot Police Detective) "I couldn't believe the extent of her injuries, I could definitely tell this was not from a fall. Both her eyes were black and blue and swollen shut, her left ear - it was so swollen you couldn't tell it was even an ear, she had bruising basically from head to toe - her whole body, extremities, there was bruises everywhere."

Laudenschlager testified that after Parker learned Williams had died at the hospital, he admitted to hitting and kicking the woman.

(Jay Laudenschlager, Minot Police Detective) "When she was down once he said that he kicked her in the head and he demonstrated that. And then he also demonstrated how he kicked her off the bed."

Laudenschlager said the autopsy ruled Williams had died from multiple blunt force trauma.

The testimony was part of today's preliminary hearing for Parker, who then entered his "not guilty" plea to the Class Double-A Felony Murder charge.

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