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Man pleads not guilty in crash that killed pedestrians

LAKE ANDES — A Lake Andes man charged with killing two pedestrians while he was driving drunk pleaded not guilty Monday.

 Ronald Fischer Jr., 29, faces two counts of vehicular homicide. He was allegedly driving drunk on July 8 in the Pickstown area when he failed to stop at a stop sign. His vehicle allegedly went into a parking lot where it struck and killed Maegan Spindler, 25, of Cazenovia, N.Y., and Robert Klumb, 46, of Pierre. The two were U.S. Fish & Wildlife employees in the area conducting tests in the Missouri River.

 Charles Mix County State’s Attorney Thomas Deadrick said Fischer requested his bond be reduced. The judge denied the request, keeping Fischer’s bond at $250,000 cash only, Deadrick said. Fischer remains in the Charles Mix County Jail.

 Each charge against Fischer carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both.