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(SD)-Victim Identity Released In Rapid City Homicide

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/29/2016 08:57 AM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -  Rapid City police have released the identifies of both the victim and the accused in the death early Tuesday morning of a man found unconscious in a motel room

       61-year old Robert Smith of Rapid City was pronounced dead after being taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital while 33-year old Gilbert Clifton was arrested on a preliminary charge of 2nd-degree murder later in the day on Tuesday.

      Police say their preliminary investigation shows Smith died of blunt force trauma while Stardust Motel owner John Ashley says Smith had been staying there alone for about a month. Smith's death marked the second homicide in Rapid City this year.


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