Mitchell homicide suspect pleads not guilty
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.
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