- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A judge has again refused to lower bond for a Mandan man accused of killing a neighbor and setting a mobile home on fire to cover up the crime.

The attorney for 49-year-old Rodney Friesz asked Judge Sonna Anderson on Friday to reduce his $250,000 bond.

Friesz has pleaded not guilty in the Oct. 9 slaying of 62-year-old Gene Jassmann. Authorities allege Friesz shot Jassmann in the head with a .22-caliber rifle after the two argued, then lit the home on fire.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1cGD6ba ) defense attorney Travis Finck said his request came on the heels of inconclusive test results regarding the firearm used in the alleged homicide.

Prosecuting attorney Brian Grosinger argued against reducing bond, saying the state has a confession.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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