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Trial set for man accused of killing Park Rapids woman in January 2008

A Hubbard County district judge has set a Sept. 8 trial date for Richard Wright, who is accused of killing a Park Rapids woman in January 2008.

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - A Hubbard County district judge has set a Sept. 8 trial date for a Michigan man accused of killing a woman here in January 2008.

Richard Derek Wright, 42, a pipeline foreman is accused of strangling to death Sonya Hennagir on Jan. 29, 2008 at the victim's home. Wright, however, has said the killing was the accidental result of intoxication and an intimate encounter gone too far. He has been in the Hubbard County jail on $1.2 million bail since his arrest.

According to police records, officers arrived to find Hennagir deceased and Wright engaged in a fierce struggle with Hennagir's friend, Jenny Larson, in the driveway of the home. Wright had been stabbed. Officers had to use a Taser twice to subdue him to get him into custody.

Last September, a grand jury indicted Wright on two counts of first-degree murder along with one count of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree witness tampering, one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of attempted murder.

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