Video Identifies SF Murder Suspect: ‘It shows him as the only person to enter and leave.’

25-Year-Old Man Charged In Stabbing Death Of Sioux Falls Woman On New Year's Day

A 25-year-old man is facing 1st and 2nd degree murder charges as well as two counts of 1st degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of a Sioux Falls woman. Police found her body nearly a week after they believe she died.

Sioux Falls Police say the city’s first homicide investigation of 2017 began Friday night. That’s when they got a check well-being call from a neighbor at an apartment near East 8th Street and Cleveland Avenue.

Capt. Blaine Larsen said, “The victim’s door was slightly ajar and noticed an odor, an offensive odor coming from the apartment.”

Police say they opened the door to apartment #102 slightly, and noticed something wasn’t right.

Larsen said, “That foul play was obvious blood and signs of struggle that had went on inside.”

Police found 28-year-old Jamie Wounded Arrow, a transgender woman, dead in a bedroom of the apartment. She had been stabbed several times.

“That’s when the police department begins to do their thing. We get crime lab there. We start analyzing evidence that’s there,” Larsen said.

According to police, the evidence points to one suspect 25-year-old Joshua LeClaire.
They say video shows him being let into the apartment the morning of January 1st.

“I think the victim and Mr. LeClaire are at least acquainted. There was no forced entry,” said Larsen. “It was during approximately and hour, hour-and-a-half time period that the

suspect was at that location that we believe the killing occurred.”

Police say they found the murder weapon, but as far as why the crime occurred? Police aren’t commenting on a motive. Right now, they say nothing points to a hate crime.

“Nothing we’ve seen in our investigation, looking at social media or their contacts, confirms that for us at this point in time,” said Larsen. “I can tell you that’s a situation we are acutely aware of.”

Police say that LeClaire was found Sunday after officers found him at a laundromat near 14th Street and Minnesota Avenue. They arrested him right away for violating his parole. He was already out on parole since September and had been listed as an absconder since October of last year.

Police say they do believe alcohol was involved. An autopsy was being done on Wounded Arrow Monday.

LeClaire is also charged with False Impersonation and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. LeClaire is expected to appear in court for the first time Tuesday afternoon. Police say his bond is set at $2 million.


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