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Man charged with attempted second-degree murder after trying to drown woman

OACOMA -- A preliminary hearing will be held Thursday for a man who police say tried to kill a woman by drowning her in the Missouri River. Thirty-six-year-old Jeremy John Packard, of Fort Thompson, is being charged with second-degree attempted m...

Jeremy Packard (Brule County Sheriff's Office)
Jeremy Packard (Brule County Sheriff's Office)

OACOMA - A preliminary hearing will be held Thursday for a man who police say tried to kill a woman by drowning her in the Missouri River.

Thirty-six-year-old Jeremy John Packard, of Fort Thompson, is being charged with second-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault and drug possession for an incident that occured over Memorial Day weekend at a campsite in the Oacoma area.

A recently filed police report from Lyman County court records says Packard struck the victim on the left side of her face and he then pushed her "under the water in an attempt to drown her, not letting up until (she) went limp, allowing her to escape."

Packard, of 1519 Old Lodge St., Fort Thompson, was charged Friday with attempted second-degree murder, felony aggravated assault, felony possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. A search of Packard's backpack at the campsite following his arrest allegedly yielded a drug kit with a green snort tube and three small baggies of residue.

According to the criminal complaint, the Lyman County Sheriff's Office responded around noon on May 31 to a report of an assault in Oacoma.

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The victim told an officer she and Packard got into an argument while drinking at a campsite on Oacoma Flats. She then walked into the Missouri River and dumped Packard's bottle of vodka into the water, whereupon he reportedly came up behind her and struck. The victim told police Packard then pushed her under the water.

The woman told the officer Packard was in the Oacoma laundromat, where he was found shirtless, according to the criminal complaint, and there were scratches across his back and chest.

Packard was transported to the Brule County Jail, where a preliminary breath test yielded a result of 0.207 blood alcohol content, or more than twice the legal driving limit.

Packard's hearing will be at 10 a.m. in Lyman County Circuit Court. He is being represented by court-appointed attorney Robert Konrad.

Second-degree murder is a Class 2 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Aggravated assault is a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

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