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Murder trial moved from Williston to Wahpeton

Scales of Justice
Scales of Justice

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- The trial of an Idaho man accused of gunning down a Williston resident outside of a strip club in 2013 is being moved to the other side of the state.

District judge David Nelson agreed to move Jonathan Hovarth's murder trial to Wahpeton in southeastern North Dakota. Wahpeton is a seven hour drive from Williston.

Hovarth allegedly shot 28-year-old Derrick Spiegel outside a Williston strip club in March 2013. A massive manhunt ensued after Hovarth fled the area after the shooting. He was eventually arrested near Billings, Montana.

Hovarth faces a murder charge along with two counts of terrorizing, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and reckless endangerment.

The trial is set to begin on Wednesday.