Sisseton man pleads not guilty to 1992 murder

Published: Apr. 19, 2023 at 9:41 AM CDT
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ABERDEEN, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A Sisseton man charged for the 1992 murder of a minor in Roberts County has pled not guilty.

A federal grand jury indicted Jay Adams, Jr., age 57, of Sisseton for first degree murder in April. Adams appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta L. Wollmann on Monday. Adams pleaded not guilty to the indictment.

The charge alleges that on or about September 4, 1992, Adams killed a minor in Roberts County by inflicting fatal blunt force trauma to her body and head. The charge claims the act was done in a willful, deliberate, malicious and premeditated manner.

The jury trial is set to commence on June 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Federal Courtroom of the U.S. Courthouse in Aberdeen.

The maximum penalty if convicted is a mandatory life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine.

The investigation is being conducted by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Police Department and the FBI.