South Dakota News

Kidnapping trial delayed for man who killed Peterson's son
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A kidnapping trial has been delayed for the man serving life in prison for killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota. Joseph Patterson is accused of kidnapping and assaulting the mother of Tyrese Ruffin in Sioux Falls in 2014 while awaiting trial in the boy's death. Patterson was convicted last September of second-degree murder in the October 2013 death of the boy who was the son of Patterson's girlfriend and Peterson. Judge Brad Zell on Monday held a hearing on whether police illegally entered the mother's home the night authorities say she was attacked. Zell did not immediately rule on the matter or on whether the trial should be moved out of Sioux Falls. He did postpone the trial from October to January.

Aberdeen man shot by police officer released from hospital
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — An Aberdeen man who was shot by a police officer has been released from a Sioux Falls hospital and taken to jail. Twenty-one-year-old Ehkhu Hser Poe is accused of assaulting four people, including an officer. Court documents allege he was armed with a knife but don't indicate if he actually used the weapon. Poe was shot Aug. 14. He faces aggravated assault and drug charges. His bond was set earlier at $500,000 cash. The American News reports Poe is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 1. It's not clear if he has an attorney.

Jury selection underway in trial of Aberdeen slaying suspect
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Jury selection is underway for the trial of an Aberdeen man accused of stabbing a woman to death. Thirty-four-year-old John Hemminger is charged with murder in the death of 26-year-old Jessica Goebel, who died in January 2015 after authorities say she was stabbed 26 times. He has pleaded not guilty. The American News reports that attorneys on Monday began the process of reducing a panel of 54 potential jurors. The jury selection is being held in Pierre, where proceedings were moved due to extensive news coverage in the Aberdeen area. The trial will be in Fort Pierre, where the courtroom has more room. There are 38 potential witnesses.

Three Affiliated Tribes issues support for pipeline protest
NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — The Three Affiliated Tribes is formally supporting the Standing Rock Sioux as that tribe protests construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox has issued a formal letter supporting "an alternative means and method of transporting oil to market." The protesters in southern North Dakota have disrupted construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline that's to carry oil to Illinois. The Standing Rock tribe fears a leak could contaminate their drinking water, which comes from the Missouri River. More than two dozen protesters have been arrested. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier estimates law enforcement overtime costs related to the protest are totaling about $100,000 per week. Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Friday issued an emergency declaration to free up more state resources.

Foes argue ballot measure circumvents right-to-work laws
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A coalition of business groups has launched a campaign against a labor-backed ballot measure going before voters in November, arguing that the plan would circumvent South Dakota's right-to-work laws. Initiated Measure 23 would give corporate or nonprofit organizations the right to charge fees for services provided. Measure supporters say it fixes unfairness in state law. They say it would allow a union that has a collective bargaining agreement with an employer to charge fees to non-union members covered under that contract for services such as representation during the grievance process. Those behind the campaign against the ballot measure say the plan is designed to force people who choose not to belong to unions to pay them fees anyway. If approved, the measure would go into effect in 2017.

Casino murder defendant accused of making liquor in jail
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man accused of killing another man outside a Sioux Falls casino is facing an additional charge after being accused of making liquor in jail. The Argus Leader reports 21-year-old Jared Stone was charged earlier this month with possession of unauthorized articles in jail. Court records show the contents of a soda bottle that a corrections officer found in June wrapped in a towel in Stone's cell tested positive for ethyl alcohol. Authorities suspected the bottle contained alcohol that inmates produce from whatever they can find. Court records show Stone denied the bottle was his but admitted it was in his cell. Stone has been in jail since April 27, when he was arrested after a five-day multistate manhunt. He is accused of killing 28-year-old Baptiste White Eyes. Stone remains at the Minnehaha County Jail on a $2 million bond.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press

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