Trial begins for suspects in 2016 homicide in Bowman motel

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DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A trial is underway in Dickinson for the two suspects in a homicide in a Bowman motel in August 2016.

Twenty-three-year-old Chase Swanson of Bowman and 27-year-old Madison West of Dickinson are charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the death of 23-year-old Rhame resident Nicholas Johnson.

Authorities say housekeeping staff at the El-Vu Motel found his body in a room where Swanson and West had been staying.

The suspects were arrested in Denver, where authorities say they had driven Johnson's pickup truck. They're also charged with theft and a weapons count.

KXMB-TV reports that jury selection began Monday. The trial is expected to last into next week. Both suspects face up to life in prison if convicted.