BISMARCK, N.D. — A man accused of fatally assaulting a woman behind a Bismarck store in April 2016 is on trial.
Thirty-four-year-old Morris Brickle-Hicks earlier pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of 40-year-old Misty Coffelt. Authorities allege she was struck in the face about half a dozen times and died of head trauma.
Attorneys gave opening statements Monday and testimony began. Defense attorney James Loraas maintained that while his client did have a physical confrontation with Coffelt, he didn’t knowingly or intentionally kill her.
The trial is expected to last through Thursday. Brickle-Hicks could face life in prison if convicted.