Jurors acquit man in Moorhead cold case

Associated Press

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a North Dakota man on trial in the 1993 killing of a Minnesota woman.

Jurors Tuesday acquitted 46-year-old Clarence Burcham of Center, N.D., on charges of first- and second-degree murder. The verdict came after nearly two full days of deliberations.

Burcham was accused in the death of Sharon Stafford in a Moorhead mobile home park. Burcham wasn't charged until two years ago, when police say he admitted in an interview with a cold-case detective to strangling his 26-year-old neighbor with an electrical cord after she called him retarded.

The defense argued that with the pressure police put on Burcham, a "trumped up" confession was inevitable.