BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)– A male accused of killing the spouse of his co-defendent near Bismarck last winter season wants to be tried independently from the female.
An attorney for Earl Howard argued at a hearing in Burleigh County Tuesday that the criminal background of his customer and Nikkisue Entzel are various which attempting them together would be unfair and might result in a mistrial.
Howard is charged with murder, arson and three conspiracy counts in the death of Chad Entzel, whose body was discovered Jan. 2 after a home fire northeast of Bismarck. An autopsy revealed Entzel passed away of gunshot wounds, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
Nikkisue Entzel is charged with 3 counts of conspiracy. Burleigh County Deputy Constable Brian Thompson has actually testified that Entzel and Howard remained in a relationship and outlined the victim’s death with plans to cash in on a life insurance policy.
Howard’s lawyer, Philip Becher, told South Central District Judge Douglas Bahr that Nikkisue Entzel has a substantial criminal history, unlike Howard and that forcing them to stand trial together presents “the chance for unfairly impugning him in the eyes of jury.”
Bahr stated he will likely rule on the movement sometime next week. He likewise rejected Becher’s demand to minimize Howard’s $1 million money bail.