FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man has pleaded guilty to killing a 14-year-old girl who authorities say was strangled and stabbed more than 20 times in a random attack outside a store in June.
Arthur Kollie entered an Alford plea Monday in the death of Jupiter Paulsen.
With the plea, the 22-year-old Fargo man maintains his innocence, but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction.
Charging documents say a sanitation worker saw Kollie attack the girl on June 4 outside a Party City store in Fargo.
An autopsy said the cause of death was asphyxiation by strangulation complicated by multiple sharp-force injuries.
Investigators have found no evidence that Kollie and the girl knew each other.