Police: Statements Made To Medical Staff After Crash Led To Homicide Suspect’s Arrest
Judge Sets 43-Year-Old Irving Jumping Eagle's Bond At $1 Million
A Sioux Falls murder suspect appeared in court for the first time Wednesday afternoon. Forty-three-year-old Irving Jumping Eagle is charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder as well as four counts of manslaughter in the stabbing death of his wife.
About a dozen of the victim’s family and friends were in the courtroom as a judge read the charges against Jumping Eagle. A judge set Irving’s bond at $1 million. He isn’t allowed to have any contact with the victim’s family or any witnesses involved in the investigation.
Police say Irving’s wife, 33-year-old Alicia Jumping Eagle, was found dead inside their apartment near 13th Street and Spring Avenue Monday afternoon. According to police, Irving became a suspect when he was treated at a Brookings hospital Tuesday morning. They say he crashed Alicia’s car into a bridge on Interstate 29 in Deuel County.
Sioux Falls Police Dept. Lt. Michael Colwill said, “Some of the evidence we use in this case has to do with some of the statements he made to medical staff when he was located in Deuel County and also while he was in Brookings receiving medical treatment.”
According to court documents, Irving had injuries to his arm and wrist. The documents say when medical staff treated him, Irving said his wife cut him during an altercation and he doesn’t remember the rest. Alicia had been stabbed in the temple and several time in the chest. The papers say the two were in the process of getting a divorce.
The court documents also say inside the apartment, police found a pair of blood soaked blue jeans and sweatshirt as well as a wallet with Irving’s license inside.
Police say they feel they’re in a good position with this case. According to the court papers, Irving was the last one seen on video surveillance leaving their apartment on Saturday night.
Funeral arrangements for Alicia are set for Saturday.