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Man withdraws plea in death of Park Rapids teen

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A Menahga man abruptly withdrew his guilty plea Monday morning in the February death of a Park Rapids teen.

Harley David Leritz, 21, was simultaneously charged with a probation violation for a 2012 criminal sexual conduct charge and for the murder of Keila Gem Knowles, 19, in her Park Rapids apartment.


A plea hearing was set for first thing Monday morning, but Leritz opted out of entering a guilty plea.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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