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SD High Court Upholds Conviction In Fatal Stabbing



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The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a man's convictions and life sentence in the fatal stabbing of another man in a Sioux Falls motel parking lot.
    
A jury convicted 57-year-old Vind Strozier, of Sioux Falls, of second-degree murder and aggravated assault for the 2011 stabbing death of 22-year-old Rodney Iron Hawk and the wounding of another man.
    
Strozier argued his statements to police should not be used as evidence because he did not voluntarily give up his right to remain silent. He also contended he should have been acquitted because he stabbed the two men in self-defense.
    
The Supreme Court says a video of the police interrogation indicates Strozier voluntarily talked with officers. The high court also says the jury heard sufficient evidence to reject Strozier's claim of self-defense.
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