Police: Mitchell Man Facing Manslaughter Charges In Death Investigation

MITCHELL, S.D. – Mitchell police say a 39-year-old man is facing manslaughter charges in the death of a 36-year-old woman overnight.

Police say at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday night they received a 911 call requesting an ambulance at a residence located on the 900-block E. 3rd Avenue for a female who did not appear to be breathing.

Responding Officers found a 36-year-old female deceased at the residence.

The investigation led to the arrest of 39-year-old Mitchell resident James Edward Brinker on a first degree manslaughter charge.

Police say Brinker allegedly wrapped the female in a blanket and asphyxiated the female by placing a sock in her mouth, tying a cloth belt across her face, placing the woman on a mattress and leaving her in that state for a significant period of time, which then lead to her death.

Brinker allegedly then brought the victim’s children to the crime scene and convinced one of the children to call 911. Brinker was not at the residence when responding officers arrived and was later located at another residence in Mitchell.

Police say there was a valid protection order in place that prohibited James from having contact with the victim at the time of the incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

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