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Tennessee native accused in Fargo murder says he's 'young,' 'confused' and 'doing a lot of praying'

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In this file photo, police vehicles and incident tape are seen outside the duplex of 111 and 113 7th Street N. in Fargo Friday, June 27, 2014. Christopher Paul Hampton, 24, was arrested on suspicion of murder following a shooting report at the duplex on June 27. Rob Beer / The Forum3 / 3

“I’m young, I’m confused, and I’m just doing a lot of praying right now,” he said.

Hampton, 24, refused to say whether he was guilty and would not discuss specifics of the case, including the claim that he believed his cousin, Randall Doehner, 28, was poisoning him.

“It’s not my place to give you that information,” Hampton said, referring to advice from his lawyer, Jay Greenwood.

Hampton’s sister, Doehner’s fiancée, and police all have said Hampton believed he was being poisoned. Medical testing showed he had no signs of poison, police said.

“I really don’t know how to take it, or what to do right now,” Hampton said through a jail telephone during the 30-minute interview, holding the receiver with both cuffed hands.

“Randall’s family is my family; my family is Randall’s family,” he said. “Just hoping that everybody is praying.”

While refusing to discuss specifics, Hampton claimed he had information that would shape the trial.

“Hopefully there will be a different story that everybody can see. I can’t tell it right now,” he said. His next court date is Wednesday.

Doehner’s death has left his fiancée, Stefani Desjarlais, to raise their newborn child. Asked whether he had anything to tell Desjarlais, he declined.

“I don’t have any message for Stefani,” he said.

Hampton, Doehner, Desjarlais and the baby were all living at 111 7th Ave. N. until 8:36 p.m. June 26, when Hampton shot Doehner in the back and in the back of the head, police say.

Hampton said, “I plead the fifth on that,” when asked directly if he was guilty of the murder charge.

“I know God won’t be disappointed with me,” he said. 

Hampton spent most of the interview asking for prayers for his and Doehner’s families, who live in Tennessee.

“They’re so far away, and I just want them to be a little more peaceful,” he said. “I don’t know how they’re taking it.”

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