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Minnesota murder suspect refuses to attend court hearing

Michael Alan Burris
Michael Alan Burris

A former Fergus Falls man wanted for murder in Otter Tail County is causing problems for Arizona authorities.

Michael Alan Burris, who's been in a Phoenix area jail since his arrest in September, was due in court but refused transport to the hearing. According to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, the court has ordered Burris to be brought to court "by any means available" for a hearing later this week.

Burris has fought extradition to Minnesota to face second degree murder charges in the drug related shooting death of his nephew in 2012. Earlier this month, Arizona authorities charged Burris with conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly attempting to hire a hit man to kill his ex-wife, her boyfriend and another woman while in jail.

The alleged plot was uncovered after jailers got a tip and a detective posing as a hit man was hired by a person later identified as Burris. He's being held on $2 million bail.

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