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Trial set for Grand Forks man accused of attempted murder

At a court hearing on Thursday, prosecutor Sarah Gereszek and Public Defender David Ogren told Judge Jay Knudson that they had not been able to agree on a plea deal for Hussein.

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GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks man accused of attempted murder is set to stand trial later this spring.

Police arrested Hassan Hussein, 29, in September . They believe that he stabbed John Bakizuwabo on Sept. 12, in an apartment on the 2800 block of South 34th Street. That charge is a Class A felony in North Dakota, and it could mean as many as 20 years in state prison.

At a court hearing on Thursday, prosecutor Sarah Gereszek and Public Defender David Ogren told Judge Jay Knudson that they had not been able to agree on a plea deal for Hussein. They agreed to begin a trial at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26.

Ogren, worried that speaking to the press would “taint” a future jury pool, declined to speak to the Herald about the case after the hearing.

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The alleged events, as written in an affidavit filed Sept. 13 in Grand Forks County court by Sgt. Rory Suby, include:

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  • On the afternoon of Sept. 12, a friend drove Bakizuwabo to the emergency room at Altru Health System with a stab wound to the chest that punctured his heart and a lung.
  • Hussein allegedly made “at least one” statement that indicated he might have stabbed Bakizuwabo. Hussein later allegedly claimed he threw a knife at Bakizuwabo, rather than stabbed him.
  • A witness told police they saw Hussein grab a kitchen knife and swing it “at a downwards angle towards Bakizuwado.”
  • Police found a bloody knife in the apartment’s kitchen sink. The knife had small yellow fibers on it.
  • Bakizuwabo was wearing a yellow shirt when he was taken to the hospital.
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