WADENA - A rural Verndale man pleaded guilty earlier this month in Wadena District Court for the May 14 shooting death of his brother in their Verndale home.
James Norman Payne, 51, entered a guilty plea to felony second-degree murder with intent but without premeditation. He entered the plea as a result of an agreement reached between prosecuting and defense attorneys. Payne will be sentenced May 15.
According to court documents, officers responded to the residence of James and Wilbur Payne about 10 a.m. on May 14. They found Wilbur Payne dead inside the house. He suffered a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest and a severe wound to the back of his head.
James Payne told officers that he shot Wilbur Payne during an argument that included Wilbur swinging a frying pan at James Payne.
James Payne is being held in the Wadena County jail until his sentencing.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the murder.
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