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Man pleads guilty to murder of woman at western Minn. campsite

OLIVIA -- A Franklin man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman in June at a campsite in Renville County. Dwayne Case, 29, of Franklin, entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder -- with intent for the June 12 death of Elizabeth Gregg, 46, of M...

OLIVIA -- A Franklin man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman in June at a campsite in Renville County.

Dwayne Case, 29, of Franklin, entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder -- with intent for the June 12 death of Elizabeth Gregg, 46, of Morgan.

Case entered a Norgaard plea during a hearing Wednesday afternoon in District Court in Olivia. In the Norgaard plea, Case said he did not remember much of what happened but had seen the state’s evidence it was prepared to bring to trial and Case told the court that he believes the state has sufficient evidence to convict him.

His plea Wednesday came just six days before a grand jury was to be convened to consider a possible first-degree murder charge in the case.

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In exchange for the plea, the state agreed not to convene the grand jury. It will also withdraw an earlier motion seeking a harsher penalty for alleged “aggravating factors’’ present when the crime occurred.

Under the agreement, Case could receive a sentence between 295 months and 415 months in prison. Sentencing will be held early next year.

Gregg died from an arrow with a broadhead tip that had perforated her abdomen, according to the medical examiner’s report. Case had attempted suicide shortly after her death. He was found in the Coleman tent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his lower jaw. The victim’s body was found under a blanket on the tent’s floor.

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