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Law enforcement officials defended their November questioning of murder suspect Alexander Salgado as part of a pre-trial suppression hearing Wednesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.
Lawyers on both sides presented arguments during the hearing, which was held to determine whether or not transcripts of police-led interviews of Salgado should be admitted. Judge Sean O’Brien said he will issue a written decision on the matter in April.
A judge heard arguments from both sides of the Jasmine Guevara murder case during a suppression hearing on Wednesday in Mitchell.
Five witnesses involved in the investigation were questioned as part of the hearing. All were law enforcement officials.
Lawyers from both sides on Monday discussed a motion of discovery filed by the defense in the case of Alexander Salgado, the man accused of murdering 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara.
The 21-year-old Salgado has been indicted for three felony charges — including first-degree murder — in the case. Salgado appeared Monday with his lawyers, Doug Papendick, Mitchell, and Mike Fink, Bridgewater.
A decision on whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Fort Wayne, Ind., man accused of killing a Mitchell girl has yet to be made, a state attorney general spokeswoman said Thursday.
Sara Rabern said Assistant Attorney General Doug Barnett and Jim Davies, Hanson County state’s attorney, have not established a time-line as to when they will make that decision.
Meanwhile, the body of the victim still has not been released to the family, with Rabern saying the case is highly unusual.
A decision on whether to charge a Fort Wayne, Ind., girl in adult court in connection with a local teenager’s November death apparently has yet to be made.
Ramona Schroeder, Hanson County court clerk, said she has not created an adult-court file for the girl, 15.
Although a state prosecutor association keeps no statistics on the number of South Dakota juveniles prosecuted as adults, the group’s executive director said teens involved in homicide cases often stand trial as adults.
“It has been my experience, if it involves a serious charge such as murder, the person will be charged as an adult,” said Charles Schroyer, executive director of the South Dakota State’s Attorney Association.
Three weeks after a Mitchell girl was found dead in the trunk of a car, prosecutors are considering whether to try a second suspect as an adult.
A Fort Wayne, Ind., man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges connected with the Nov. 10 murder of a Mitchell girl, according to the Hanson County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Alexander Salgado, 20, entered the plea on first-degree murder, felony murder and first-degree arson charges.
Alexander Salgado, one of the two suspects in the murder of Jasmine Guevara, was indicted today by a Hanson County grand jury on one count of first-degree murder, one count of felony murder and one count of first-degree arson, according to a news release from the state attorney general and the Hanson County state's attorney.
The 15-year-old female suspect in a Mitchell murder case was reported missing recently by her mother in Indiana, according to a police report.
The 15-year-old, identified by investigators only as M.D., was arrested last week with Alexander Salgado, 20, for the Nov. 10 murder of Jasmine Guevara, 16, of Mitchell. The two, who came to Mitchell recently from Indiana, are accused of stabbing Guevara and cutting her throat, and then placing her body into a car in rural Mitchell and starting the car on fire. Court documents say they were motivated by M.D.’s jealousy over a developing relationship between Salgado and Guevara.
One of the suspects in the murder of a Mitchell teenager made his first court appearance late Friday afternoon.
Alexander Salgado, 20, of Fort Wayne, Ind., who recently relocated to Mitchell, is accused of charges including first-degree murder in the Tuesday death of Jasmine Guevara, 16. Also charged is a 15-year-old girl, whom authorities have identified only by the initials M.D.
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