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(SD)-New Year's Day Homicide Defendant Makes First Court Appearance

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/05/2017 09:38 AM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man has made his first court appearance on charges stemming from the stabbing death of one man and the wounding of two others in a house in the northeast portion of the city just a couple hours into the new year on Sunday.

        26-year old Joseph Rich is charged with 2nd-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Juan Legarda Jr and 2 counts of aggravated assault for injuring Trevor Chief Bear and Bradley Randall in the same attack.

      Prosecutors say Rich used a bayonet attached to a rifle in the attack. Legarda was pronounced dead at the scene while Chief Bear and Randall were taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital.

       Rich was arrested later New Year's Day. He's being held in the Pennington County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond. He's due back in court 2 weeks from yesterday on Jan. 18.


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