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Man Pleads Innocent to Killing

July 17, 1998

BOWMAN, N.D. (AP) _ A man accused of killing his 5-year-old daughter and confessing to it on the Internet pleaded innocent Friday to murder.

Larry Froistad Jr., a former San Diego computer programmer, is accused of setting fire to his house in Bowman in 1995, killing his daughter, Amanda.

He was charged after members of an Internet support group for problem drinkers told police about a March 22 message that read, in part, ``Amanda I murdered because her mother stood between us.″

The messages were traced to Froistad, and Bowman Police Chief Donald Huso said he called him March 27 and confessed to setting the fire. Froistad was arrested that day at his San Diego apartment.

Froistad faces up to life in prison without parole. North Dakota does not have the death penalty.

No trial date has been set.

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