DICKINSON, N.D. — A trial is underway in Dickinson for the two suspects in a homicide in a Bowman motel in August 2016.

Twenty-three-year-old Chase Swanson of Bowman and 27-year-old Madison West of Dickinson both are charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the death of 23-year-old Rhame resident Nicholas Johnson.

Authorities say housekeeping staff at the El-Vu Motel found his body in a room where Swanson and West had been staying. The two suspects were later arrested in Denver, where authorities say they had driven Johnson’s pickup truck. They’re also charged with theft and a weapons count.

KXMB-TV reports that jury selection began Monday. The trial is expected to last into next week. Both suspects face up to life in prison if convicted.

Information from: KXMB-TV, http://www.kxnet.com

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