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Man pleads not guilty in downtown Fargo beating death

FARGO - A man accused in the beating death of another man in a downtown apartment last fall over money has pleaded not guilty. Clayton Lee Lockwood entered a not guilty plea to manslaughter Wednesday morning at his arraignment in Cass County Dist...

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Clayton Lockwood approaches a courtroom's well in Cass County Court on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 before the start of a pretrial hearing in relation to beating another man to death in a downtown Fargo, N.D., apartment last fall. Nick Wagner / The Forum

FARGO - A man accused in the beating death of another man in a downtown apartment last fall over money has pleaded not guilty.

Clayton Lee Lockwood entered a not guilty plea to manslaughter Wednesday morning at his arraignment in Cass County District Court.

Lockwood, 44, was charged following the death of Mario Perez in a Fargo hospital, weeks after Perez was discovered lying in a downtown apartment with severe head and face injuries.

Police said Perez and Lockwood had been acquaintances. Neither man had a permanent address.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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