Grand Forks man pleads guilty to trying to kill woman he says was a witch

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A man in Grand Forks admitted to trying to kill a woman by slashing her throat.

Akmal Rashidovich Azizov of Grand Forks told police he believed she was a “witch” and the main cause of all the stress and negativity in his life, according to court documents.

He pleaded guilty Monday in Grand Forks District Court to attempted murder, criminal mischief, and stalking.

Azizov reportedly purchased a pocket knife with a 2 inch blade made of silver to kill the victim.

He had been planning the attack for three weeks prior to the September 5, 2018 incident.

The victim and Azizov briefly dated in January of 2018 and she had cut all communication with him, according to court records.

He followed her around the University of North Dakota campus and elsewhere within Grand Forks for several weeks, but couldn’t find the time to kill her.

Police said he attempted to kill her a few times on campus but lost his nerve at the last minute.

On September 5 at around 5:40 p.m. Azizov confronted the woman at her apartment building on Garden View Dr. smashing the back of her car window with his skateboard.

When she came outside, he tried cutting the victim’s throat with a pocket. She suffered three non-life threatening lacerations to the left side of her neck, an abrasion and bruise on the front and back of her shoulder, and a bump on the back her head.

Witnesses intervened to distract Azizov and give the woman the chance to escape.

Azizov’s sentencing is scheduled for November 12.