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Dalton man says machete attack meant as mercy killing

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - A man accused of trying to kill his 68-year-old mother told medics he was aiming to end her suffering from cancer and diabetes, police allege in court records.


James Francis Howard, 46, of Dalton, is accused of fracturing his mother's skull with an 18-inch machete and nearly cutting off several of her fingers as she fought back, according to records filed in Otter Tail County District Court.

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