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Report: Manvel, N.D. man admits to killing brother in property dispute

A Manvel, N.D., man has admitted to killing his brother during a fight over a piece of property, according to a deputy's report filed in court this afternoon.

During an interview with investigators, Rodney Chisholm told officers he killed his brother, Donald Chisholm, on June 24 by either striking him in the head with a metal pipe, strangling him or a combination of the two, the report says.

Rodney Chisholm led investigators to the murder scene in rural Grand Forks County and showed them where his brother's body was, the report states. The property, which contains some outbuildings and junked vehicles within a grove of trees, belongs to the family and is northeast of Mekinock, N.D.

Wednesday evening, investigators recovered the remains of a man's body at the scene. Authorities believe the body is that of 59-year-old Donald Chisholm, but the coroner's office is working to confirm the body's identity.

Rodney Chisholm, 45, faces a murder charge that carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole. He was set to appear in court this afternoon on the charge. State's Attorney Peter Welte said his office plans to request that he be held without bail.

On Friday, Ken Chisholm reported to the sheriff's department that he had not spoken with his brother, Donald Chisholm, since June 23, according to the deputy's report. Investigators said the last sighting of him was June 23 when he was captured on video buying groceries at a Hugo's store in Grand Forks.

Chief Deputy Bob Rost and Welte, who held a news conference would not provide more details about the murder.

Friday, the same day Donald Chisholm was reported missing, Rodney Chisholm was arrested on suspicion of possessing thousands of dollars worth of stolen farm equipment. He bailed out of jail Saturday, then allegedly stole another brother's car and drove to Nebraska, where he was arrested Sunday.

Rodney Chisholm is being held at the Grand Forks County jail. Messages left for him there have not been returned. Court officials say he does not have an attorney.

Archie Ingersoll is a reporter at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.