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Grand Forks man faces conspiracy charge

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- A Grand Forks man is accused of plotting to get rid of a knife to cover up the stabbing of another man in the city.

Twenty-six-year-old Derek Kidder faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to conceal a crime.

The case involves the stabbing of a man after a fight that started in a bar parking lot in February 2008. Last May, 29-year-old Johnny Mendez was sentenced to serve five years in prison for stabbing 28-year-old Justin Christianson twice in the chest.

Kidder is accused of conspiring with Mendez and the sister of Mendez's girlfriend to dispose of the knife. He was extradited from New Mexico in early July and is set to appear in court in Grand Forks on Aug. 26.


Information from: Grand Forks Herald,