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(SD)-Prosecutors To Seek Death Penalty In Rapid City Murder For Hire

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/07/2017 10:50 AM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -  South Dakota prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against two defendants in the alleged murder for hire of a Rapid City woman two years ago.
    27-year-old Jonathon Klinetobe and 36-year-old Richard Hirth are charged with multiple felonies including 1st-degree murder in the May 2015 stabbing death of 22-year-old Jessica Rehfeld, whose body was found in a remote grave near Rockerville last summer.

       Both men are awaiting trial. Klinetobe is accused of hiring Hirth and 25-year-old David Schneider to kill Rehfeld, his ex-girlfriend. Schneider pleaded guilty to 1st-degree murder in January, saying Hirth did the actual killing.

    Two other men, Garland Brown and Michael Frye, pleaded guilty to being accessories for going with Klinetobe to move and rebury the body two weeks after Hirth and Schneider had first buried it. Brown has been sentenced to 4 years in prison while Frye is still awaiting sentencing.


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