- Associated Press - Friday, September 29, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A jury has convicted a man accused of fatally assaulting a woman behind a Bismarck store last year.

Jurors delivered a guilty verdict on felony murder charges for Morris Brickle-Hicks Thursday afternoon following a four-day trial. Brickle-Hicks was accused of beating 40-year-old Misty Coffelt and leaving her to die behind Runnings in April 2016.

The defense called no witnesses at the trial. Attorney James Lorass argued there was reasonable doubt about whether Brickle-Hicks was guilty.

A sentencing date will be scheduled later after Brickle-Hicks has mental and chemical dependency evaluations.


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