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Defense attorney in Mandan murder trial wants more time to prepare for court


MANDAN, North Dakota — The attorney for a Mandan man accused of shooting another man to death early this year wants more time to prepare for a preliminary hearing.

The Bismarck Tribune ( ) reports that the court-appointed attorney for 25-year-old James McKinney on Tuesday filed a motion asking the judge to grant him more time to review the case.

The judge hasn't ruled on the motion.

McKinney has been charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. He hasn't entered a plea.

McKinney is charged in the death of Alex Lansdon, who was found dead Jan. 27 at the mobile home he rented in southeast Mandan. Preliminary autopsy results indicate he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Another man faces terrorizing, weapons and tampering charges in the case.

McKinney is in custody on a $250,000.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune,

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