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Rape trial begins Tuesday for East Grand Forks man

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GRAND FORKS -- The trial of an East Grand Forks man accused of raping a woman and assaulting her with a hammer is set to start today in Crookston.


Ronald Alfred Thomas, 52, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault, second-degree assault and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Police said the 51-year-old victim suffered multiple injuries during the assault July 11, 2008, in an East Grand Forks apartment.

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