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Murder trial set in central Idaho missing man case

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 HAILEY, Idaho (AP) - A jury trial for a central Idaho man charged with killing his neighbor and burying the body in his backyard is set for January.
    
The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/1s4i1N0) that the second-degree murder trial for 49-year-old Keith Eric Blankenship is set to start January 20 in 5th District Court.
    
Police say 47-year-old Stephan Michael Romanchuk died after being hit by as many as five rounds from a high-caliber handgun.
    
Romanchuk's wife reported her husband missing in January. She said he had lent money to a neighbor and later confronted him over the loan.
    
The report says after initially denying knowing Romanchuk or receiving money from him, Blankenship told a deputy in May he killed a man in self-defense and buried him in his backyard.
    
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Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com

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