UPDATE: Preliminary hearing moved to August for woman charged in killing of Anita Knutson

Anita Knutson cold case
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Published: May. 24, 2022 at 4:05 PM CDT
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MINOT, N.D. – UPDATE: The courts have approved a request from the state and the defense to push back Nichole Rice’s preliminary hearing and arraignment to Aug. 4.

Rice is now scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference Oct. 12.

Rice faces a AA-felony murder charge in the 2007 fatal stabbing of her roommate, Anita Knutson.

The state and the defense are jointly asking the courts to once again push back the preliminary hearing scheduled for this week, for the woman charged in the 2007 killing of Anita Knutson in Minot.

The attorney for Nichole Rice and the Ward County State’s Attorney’s office asked the courts to reschedule Rice’s hearing to the first week of August due to the “voluminous” amount of evidence in the case.

The 34-year-old Rice, who is out on bond, faces a AA-felony murder charge in Knutson’s death. Rice and Knutson were off-campus roommates at the time Knutson was found fatally stabbed.

Police arrested Rice March 16. She was first supposed to be arraigned April 21, but the hearings were rescheduled to May.

The courts have not changed the preliminary hearing and arraignment scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m., as of Tuesday afternoon.

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