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SIOUX FALLS -- Video presented by the prosecution Tuesday showed a 15-year-old Maricela Diaz lying to law enforcement in the Mitchell Police Division. A police officer also offered testimony about a murder confession from Diaz not caught on camera or audio. Diaz is now 20 and is standing trial for the murder of 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara, a Mitchell High School student who was murdered in November 2009. Diaz, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Mexico, is charged with three alternate counts of first-degree murder, first-degree arson and second-degree aggravated kidnapping.
SIOUX FALLS -- A 14-person jury must decide whether Maricela Diaz was a vulnerable, 15-year-old abused girl, or a murderous mastermind on the night of Nov. 10, 2009. The murder trial began Monday for Diaz, now 20, who is accused of killing Jasmine Guevara in 2009, who was 16 at the time. Judge Tim Bjorkman noted at the beginning of the trial that one alternate juror had to be dismissed Friday, leaving two alternates and 12 jurors to hear opening statements from the prosecution and defense. Assistant S.D.
District 20's newest legislator is anxious to return to South Dakota's Capitol building to work for the people, rather than the politicians. Joshua Klumb, of Mount Vernon, will enter the Capitol as one of two House representatives for Davison, Aurora and Jerauld counties. He said agricultural issues will be his main concerns as he is a farmer and was named vice-chair of the House Ag and Natural Resources Committee. He said water mitigation issues in the state will likely be points of discussion.
Six people in Davison County now have been diagnosed with measles, state health officials announced Wednesday. The announcement comes one day after officials said a child under the age of...
PIERRE -- An unvaccinated child in Davison County is South Dakota’s first case of measles since 1997, a state health official announced Tuesday. The child is under the age of...
Avera's Pat Reiner, infection control prevention specialist, provided information on the manifestation and prevention of measles following Tuesday's announcement that a child in Davison County has the virus. Reiner said normally a patient with the measles would not be admitted to the hospital unless they suffered complications, like pneumonia, dehydration or encephalitis. Otherwise, since measles is a virus, patients are typically monitored at home, Reiner said.
A Mitchell woman has been charged with selling a nonexistent vehicle in an online auction. Christina Engelmann, 26, was arrested earlier this month when a man from the state of...
A Mexican national accused of killing a rival love interest in 2009 is set to stand trial next week. Maricela Diaz, 20, is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, arson and kidnapping for the death of 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara on Nov. 10, 2009, in Hanson County. Diaz came to Mitchell from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Guanajuato, Mexico. She apparently came to South Dakota with her then-boyfriend Alexander Salgado. Salgado pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in August 2010 in connection with Guevara's death.
Current affairs always fascinated Kim Olson. The 1996 Mitchell High School graduate, then known as Kim Juffer, began following elections in elementary school and loved Ronald Reagan's speeches. A critical issues class taught by Mel Olson, and participation in debate and extemporaneous speaking further deepened her passion for politics. And they were particularly relevant to her decision to enter the political field later in life. "I'd have conversations with classmates I'd known since I was 5 and find they had different opinions than me," she said. "They think so differently than you.
Lewis Ashker plans to continue fighting for his freedom. Ashker, now 72, remains in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls serving life in prison for murdering Jerry Plihal. In late November, the South Dakota Supreme Court agreed with a circuit court's ruling to deny Ashker a new trial based on DNA testing of hairs from the original crime scene from 1985.