Mitchell homicide suspect pleads not guilty

Jose Morales Acevedo
Jose Morales Acevedo(Davison Co. Sheriff's Office)
Published: Feb. 2, 2021 at 1:01 PM CST
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MITCHELL, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - One of the two men accused of shooting and killing a man in downtown Mitchell has pleaded not guilty to homicide charges.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jose Morales Acevedo entered his plea in a Davison County court Tuesday morning, Dakota Radio Group reports.

Prosecutors say Acevedo and another man, 28-year-old Luis Perez-Melendez, went to the residence of the 38-year-old victim on Jan. 9 to steal a handgun. The victim, whose name has not been released, was shot and killed during the incident.

Acevedo could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder. His next court appearance is set for next month. 

Perez-Melendez is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.

Jose Carlos Gil Morales Acevedo (left), Luis Javier Perez-Melendez (right)
Jose Carlos Gil Morales Acevedo (left), Luis Javier Perez-Melendez (right)(Dakota News Now)

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