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Willmar teen pleads not guilty to murder

WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old Willmar man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing a Ridgewater College student last July.

Miles David Edinburgh is charged with stabbing to death Adam Milton, 21.

Milton, of Florida, was a football player for the college and had been taking summer classes here. He died after being stabbed in the chest twice following a verbal and physical exchange with Edinburgh.

During a brief court appearance Wednesday morning before Judge Jon Stafsholt, Edinburgh entered a not guilty plea through his attorney, Joseph Parise, an assistant state public defender from Moorhead.

Parise said Edinburgh will claim self-defense.

Given the circumstances of the incident, Parise said Edinburgh's actions were "justified" and that there is a "valid argument to be made for self-defense.

Assistant Kandiyohi County Attorney Connie Crowell, who will be prosecuting the case, said she is prepared to "refute any claim of self-defense."

Crowell said, "We are prepared to go to trial and let the evidence speak for itself."

A jury trial is set for Oct. 8.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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