Suspect In Killing Of Rapid City Retiree Pleads Not Guilty

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man accused of escaping from custody and killing a retired teacher in Rapid City has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew Eastman is accused in the death last month of 64-year-old Larry Mintzlaff.

Authorities allege Eastman escaped from an inmate job site in Rapid City on June 2 using a city-owned pickup, then went to Mintzlaff’s house.

Eastman was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico, three days after Mintzlaff’s body was found June 6. Authorities say Eastman was driving Mintzlaff’s missing car and had used credit cards belonging to Mintzlaff.

Police say Eastman and Mintzlaff had known one another, and that a letter from Eastman had been discovered at Mintzlaff’s residence.

Eastman remains jailed. His bond was set earlier at $1 million cash.