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Daniel Evan Wacht, left, is accused of the murder of Kurt Douglas Johnson.

Attorney rebuts probable cause in severed-head murder case

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COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- A judge said Thursday he will rule soon on whether police had probable cause to search the van and home of a Cooperstown man accused of killing a North Dakota State University researcher.

At stake is the bulk of the prosecution's physical evidence -- including the victim's severed head -- against Daniel Evan Wacht, 31, who faces life in prison without parole if convicted of murdering NDSU researcher Kurt Johnson. Wacht's jury trial is set to start April 16.

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