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(SD)- Rapid City Murder Defendant Says He "Snapped"

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/30/2016 10:48 AM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Court documents say the man charged with the fatal beating of another man at a Rapid City motel on Tuesday told investigators he "snapped" in anger and used a walking stick and his hands and feet in the assault...which resulted in just the second homicide in Rapid City this year.
   34-year-old Clifford Gilbert, who had also used the name Gilbert Clifford, is being held on $250,000 cash bond for alternate counts of 2nd-degree murder and 1st-degree manslaughter in the death of 61-year old Robert Laverne Smith at the Stardust Motel.
     A police affidavit says Gilbert and a woman were with Smith in a motel room when Smith struck Gilbert with the walking stick and that Gilbert then grabbed the stick and hit Smith in the head, before repeatedly punching him and kicking him in the head.


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