MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Supreme Court will hear arguments next month on whether a Minot man convicted of killing his ex-wife can have contact with the two children he had with her.

Richie Wilder Jr. is serving life in prison on a murder conviction in the November 2015 death of 30-year-old Angila Wilder, who authorities say was stabbed 44 times in the neck, face and chest.

Wilder last fall appealed a judge’s order prohibiting him from having contact with the 6-year-old and 12-year-old children while they’re still minors. The Minot Daily News reports arguments are scheduled Feb. 27.

The children are living out of state with their maternal grandmother, who is their appointed guardian.

Wilder’s current wife, Cynthia Wilder, is awaiting sentencing for helping him plan the killing of his ex-wife.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com