Murder

Trial for Sioux Falls Woman Charged in Cold Case Moved to September

The trial for a Sioux Falls woman charged in a nearly 40 year cold case that was scheduled to begin today, has been postponed to September 3, 2019. 57-year-old Theresa Bentaas faces murder and manslaughter charges after allegedly leaving her baby outside to die in 1981. Back in March, Bentaas pleaded “not guilty” to those charges and a judge set…

Rapid City Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Brother  

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the robbery death of his brother. Fifty-four-year-old James Ladeaux Sr. also has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault against law enforcement officers for allegedly threatening them with a knife. Authorities say Ladeaux’s 53-year-old brother, Fredrick, was fatally stabbed in an alley in March. Second-degree…

Complaint: Man Went to Mall of America Intending to Kill

(Bloomington Police Department via AP)MINNEAPOLIS – A criminal complaint says the man suspected of throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America told police he went to the Minnesota mall looking for someone to kill. Emmanuel Aranda was charged Monday with attempted premeditated first-degree murder in Friday’s attack . The child is fighting for his…

Republicans Move Iowa Death Penalty Bill Out of Senate Panel

DES MOINES, Iowa – Twenty Senate Republicans have signed on to a bill that would reinstate a death penalty in Iowa, a state that hasn’t put anyone to death in more than 50 years. A Senate subcommittee on Wednesday approved the bill with only Republican support. It would make it a capital offense to kidnap, rape and murder a minor….

Man Charged With Killing Iowa State Golfer Gets New Attorney

NEVADA, Iowa – A man charged with murder in the death of an Iowa State University golfer has been granted a new attorney over the objections of his current lawyer. Story County District Court Judge Bethany Currie granted a request Monday by 22-year-old Collin Richards for a different attorney. He cited a “communication issue.” Richards’ current attorney, public defender Paul…

Five Children Missing With Their Mother

Authorities are concerned for their welfare and are asking help in locating the family

Authorities in Minnesota are seeking five children missing along with their mother, who is the wife of a murder suspect. The Mower County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding 39-year-old Izetta Cooley and her five children, ages 10 to 17. Authorities say Cooley is under court order not to have contact with her children. Three were seen leaving the…

Opening Statements Today in Savanna Greywind Murder Case

FARGO, N.D. – Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday for a North Dakota man charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of a 22-year-old woman who bled to death when her baby was cut from her womb. William Hoehn (hayn) has admitted to covering up the death of Savanna Greywind, who was eight months pregnant when she was killed…

Mother Sentenced for Beating 2-Year-Old Son to Death

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Pine Ridge Reservation woman accused of beating her 2-year-old son to death after he wet his bed has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison. Thirty-year-old Katrina Shangreaux, of Porcupine, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder in the July 2016 death of 2-year-old Kylen Shangreaux. She admitted assaulting the toddler with a studded…

Missing Person – Farm Search

Pair charged with murder after remains found in Minnesota

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say two people killed a man on a Minnesota farmstead before burning the body and burying the remains in two separate sites. Thirty-nine-year-old Jason Jensen and 34-year-old Kayla Westcott are charged with aiding and abetting murder with intent, but without premeditation. They face 40 years in prison if convicted. Jensen and Westcott were arrested during…

Man Accused Of Killing Child Pleads Not Guilty

Thirty-one-year-old Kenneth Chase faces murder, child abuse and child neglect charges in federal court

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A McLaughlin man accused of abusing and killing a child on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has pleaded not guilty. Thirty-one-year-old Kenneth Chase faces murder, child abuse and child neglect charges in federal court. He waived his right to a detention hearing and remains in custody. His trial is scheduled to…

Teenage Suspect In Double Homicide In Custody

Crystal Habben, 19, was arrested Tuesday morning and booked at the Minnehaha County Jail.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The teenage suspect in a Sioux Falls double murder investigation has been arrested, after she contacted law enforcement. 19-year-old Crystal Habben was taken into custody in Mitchell and brought to the Minnehaha County jail. According to court documents, she’s facing charges for concealing a homicide and first degree attempted robbery. Prosecutors say Habben called law enforcement…

Two Dead In Sioux Falls Shooting

Sioux Falls, S.D.- Police are investigating after a shocking morning in northern Sioux Falls. Two men were killed in a shooting outside of an apartment complex. Police have not named any suspects, however they are searching for two persons of interest. Those two people are 34-year-old Manuel Jesus Frias… and 27-year-old Maria Shantel LeClaire. Police believe both have information on…

Rapid City Man Gets Life In Prison For Fatal Stabbing

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man convicted of murder in a fatal stabbing at a motel has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors late last month found 26-year-old Nathan Chase guilty of killing 30-year-old Jeremy Little at the Dakota Rose Inn in Rapid City in January. Chase had maintained he was…

Mitchell Man Pleads Not Guilty To Suffocating Wife

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A Mitchell man accused of suffocating his wife has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter. Thirty-nine-year-old James Brinker is charged in the death last month of 36-year-old Marie Brinker. The Daily Republic reports that he entered his pleas Wednesday and trial was scheduled for Feb. 13. Court documents allege Brinker wrapped his wife…

Iowa Parents Charged In Death Of Infant Found Rotting In Swing

ALTA VISTA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have charged an Iowa couple with murder in the death of their 4-month-old son, whose maggot-infested body was found in a baby swing in the family’s home. Twenty-year-old Cheyanne Harris and 28-year-old Zachary Koehn were arrested Wednesday on charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder in the death of their son, Sterling Koehn. Court…

Patterson Appeals Conviction To SD Supreme Court: ‘There was no evidence of a disciplinary event’

Patterson Was Sentenced in 2015 To Life In Prison For Death Of Adrian Peterson's Son

VERMILLION, S.D.– The Sioux Falls man convicted of killing former Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson’s biological son appealed his conviction to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Joseph Patterson’s case was heard at USD’s School of Law on Monday, where the defense argued that there was no motive or evidence to support his conviction. It’s been nearly two years since a jury…

Appeal Underway in Death of 2-Year-Old Tyrese Ruffin

The man serving life in prison for killing the son of NFL running back Adrian Peterson, claims his trial was mishandled

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The case of a man serving life in prison for killing the 2-year-old son of NFL running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota is going before the state Supreme Court. Joseph Patterson was convicted in September 2015 of second-degree murder in the October 2013 death of Tyrese Ruffin, the son of Patterson’s girlfriend and Peterson. Patterson…

Female Suspect In Greywind Murder Makes Court Appearance

FARGO, S.D. – One of two people accused in the kidnapping and murder of a pregnant Fargo woman appeared in court Thursday. Brooke Crews is accused of conspiracy to commit Savanna Greywind’s murder, kidnapping her baby girl and giving false information to police, purposely misleading the investigation. Savanna Greywind’s friends and family packed the courtroom with some wearing ‘Justice for…