Request to waive trial denied in Minot murder case

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MINOT, N.D. - A Minot judge has denied a request to waive the trial in a murder case.

Twenty-seven-year-old Bradley Morales faces a murder charge in the death of Sharmaine Leake.

Investigators say Morales stabbed her in the neck during a dispute, and she died at the hospital days later.

Morales says he would not be able to have a fair jury trial due to outside "reports" in the case.

He's set to stand trial May 17.