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ND man facing MN rape charge found dead in Fargo

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo police are investigating the death of a North Dakota man who was set to go on trial next month for the alleged sexual assault of a Minnesota woman.

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Forty-six-year-old Richard Haaland was scheduled to go to trial May 2 in Moorhead, Minn., on a charge of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was accused of raping a woman in her car in downtown Moorhead in September.

Pam Harris, the assistant Clay County attorney prosecuting Haaland, says Fargo police found Haaland dead Tuesday in his Fargo home.

Fargo Deputy Police Chief Pat Claus says the incident is being treated as an unattended death, but there were no obvious signs of trauma. Haaland's body has been sent to Bismarck for an autopsy.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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