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Man pleads not guilty in mother’s slaying

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A Cedar Rapids man accused of killing his mother with a crowbar has pleaded not guilty.

Edward Cusic pleaded not guilty Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree murder in the December death of 68-year-old Anita Cusic-Labkon. Cusic told a 911 worker that he killed his mother after she threatened him with a knife.

Cusic remains in jail under a $1 million bond. He told the newspaper that he was acting in self-defense.

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