Trial Opens For Man Accused In Ex-Girlfriend’s Death

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Prosecutors in Stanley County are trying to convince jurors that a man charged with murder killed his former girlfriend.
    
Authorities say Chance Harruff went to the Dallas home of 38-year-old Kristi Olson in 2017 and punched her, leading to her death the next day. But, the defense during opening statements in Harruff’s trial says Olson’s injuries were not consistent with a homicide and that she had other medical issues that could have caused her death.
    
Jurors will decide whether Harruff is guilty or innocent of first- or second-degree murder or manslaughter in Olson’s death. She was the mother of seven children. Authorities say she had an on-and-off again relationship with the 48-year-old Harruff.
 

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