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November 23, 2016
Maricela Diaz is escorted out of the Hanson County Courthouse by Hanson County Sheriff Randy Bartlett after being sentenced for 80 years on Friday afternoon in Alexandria. Diaz was found guilty in January for the murder and kidnapping of Jasmine Guevara that occurred in 2009. (Matt Gade/Republic)
SD Supreme Court upholds Diaz sentence
November 23, 2016 - 10:50am
November 22, 2016
Former police chief sentenced to life in prison for murder
November 22, 2016 - 4:04pm
October 1, 2016
Gregory County Deputy Sheriff Danny Stacy and Sheriff Tim Drey. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Fallout from serious crimes continues in Gregory County with another murder trial approaching
October 1, 2016 - 9:00am
September 28, 2016
Matthew Novak, who was charged with second-degree murder on Aug. 31, walks out of the Sanborn County Courthouse following his court appearance on Sept. 13 in Woonsocket. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Woonsocket woman died of stab wound to the neck, officials say
September 28, 2016 - 3:18pm
September 26, 2016
Russell Bertram, 64, of Sioux Falls, makes his way into the Gregory County Commissioners Room in the Gregory County Courthouse following closing arguments while the jury began deliberating on Monday in Burke. Bertram was charged in connection to the killing of Leonila Stickney, 26, of Bridgewater, in 2009. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Former police chief found guilty of murder
September 26, 2016 - 8:33pm
September 15, 2016
Maryland woman committed to hospital for kids' exorcism slayings
September 15, 2016 - 1:42pm
September 14, 2016
Russell Bertram, 64, of Sioux Falls, left, is escorted Wednesday into the Gregory County Courthouse in Burke by Deputy Chelsea Biehl, right, for the first day of oral arguments in a murder trial. (Jake Shama/Republic)
Suspected motives revealed in Bertram murder trial’s opening day
September 14, 2016 - 5:42pm
September 13, 2016
Russell Bertram, 64, of Sioux Falls, right, is escorted in January from the Tripp County Courthouse by Gregory County Deputy Chelsea Biehl following an evidentiary hearing. (Republic file photo)
Opening statements to be heard Wednesday in murder trial
September 13, 2016 - 6:36pm
September 12, 2016
Investigators with the Division of Criminal Investigation search the home of Jennifer Ann Gibson, 25, who was murdered in her home on Wednesday in Woonsocket. Matthew Novak, 33, was arrested after local law enforcement responded to an incident at 9 a.m. at 206 S. Third Ave. in Woonsocket, according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Novak indicted by grand jury on murder charges
September 12, 2016 - 4:10pm
September 9, 2016
Russell Bertram, 64, of Sioux Falls, right, is escorted in January from the Tripp County Courthouse by Gregory County Deputy Chelsea Biehl following an evidentiary hearing. (Republic file photo)
Jurors to be selected Monday for Gregory Co. murder trial
September 9, 2016 - 5:56pm
September 6, 2016
Danny Heinrich admits to abduction, killing of Jacob Wetterling
September 6, 2016 - 1:53pm
September 1, 2016
Authorities arrested Matthew Novak, right, on one count of second-degree murder in Woonsocket on Wednesday. Jennifer Ann Gibson, left, was identified as the victim. (Photo courtesy Sanborn Weekly Journal)
Initial hearing scheduled for Woonsocket murder suspect
September 1, 2016 - 3:21pm
August 31, 2016
Crime scene tape blocks off the Woonsocket home where Matthew Novak was arrested on one count of second-degree murder on Wednesday morning. (Matt Gade/Republic)play button
UPDATE: Authorities say 26-year-old Woonsocket woman murdered
August 31, 2016 - 3:37pm
Crime scene tape blocks off the Woonsocket home where Matthew Novak was arrested on one count of second-degree murder on Wednesday morning. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Woonsocket man arrested for second-degree murder following Wednesday morning incident
August 31, 2016 - 12:12pm
July 27, 2016
The Mitchell Fire Division works the scene of a house fire on Oct. 8 at 800 E. Seventh Ave. in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Suspect in Mitchell house fire indicted for attempted murder
July 27, 2016 - 11:36am
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