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James Francis Howard

Dalton man faces life sentence in machete slaying of mother

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - A Dalton man accused of killing his mother with a machete has been indicted by a grand jury with a first-degree premeditated murder charge.

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James Francis Howard, 27, is accused of using an 18-inch machete to inflict head and hand injuries on 68-year-old Barbara Howard in April. She later died on Mother's Day at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.

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