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Grand jury hands down six-count indictment against Wright

A Hubbard County grand jury has indicted a pipeline worker on charges of first-degree murder stemming from a domestic case last winter in Park Rapids.

Hubbard County Attorney Donovan Dearstyne announced the indictments Friday. He declined further comment on the case.

Richard Derek Wright, 41, is charged in the strangulation death of Sonya Marie Hennagir, 40. Police arrived at her Discovery Circle home to find her deceased in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2008.

Wright was arraigned Thursday night before Judge John P. Smith, who continued Wright's $1.2 million bail.

Wright is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second degree murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of witness tampering and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Wright, a pipeline worker from Pennsylvania, was an acquaintance of the victim's. He has been incarcerated since his arrest at the scene.

An evidentiary hearing set for August was canceled for reasons the court and attorneys for both sides refused to specify.

Minnesota law requires a grand jury indictment for first-degree murder charges to be filed. First-degree murder is punishable by life imprisonment.

Wright's next court appearance is set for Oct. 8. That was the continuation date set for his omnibus hearing.

For more details on this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's Park Rapids Enterprise.