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In two hours, jury convicts Wacht of murdering decapitated NDSU researcher

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COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- The jury here took only two hours Tuesday, including a catered lunch, to decide Daniel Wacht was guilty of murdering Kurt Johnson 16 months ago.

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The swift verdict, on the seventh day after Wacht's trial opened, came on what would have been Johnson's 56th birthday.

"It's fitting," said Johnson's younger brother, Korey Johnson, when asked about the juxtaposition, halting to bridle his emotions. "We miss him. It makes it hard on his birthday."

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