SD Mayor Pleads Not Guilty For Triple Murders | EUROtoday

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CENTERVILLE, S.D. (AP) — A former legislation officer who as soon as served as a tiny South Dakota city’s mayor pleaded not responsible Thursday in a three-person killing.

Jay Ostrem, 64, pleaded not responsible and never responsible by purpose of madness to a few counts of first-degree homicide, three counts of second-degree homicide and three counts of felony first-degree homicide, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported.

A lawyer for Ostrem, Raleigh Hansman, didn’t instantly reply to an Associated Press telephone message in search of remark Friday.

A possible trigger affidavit recognized the victims as two brothers, ages 26 and 21, and a 35-year-old man. The doc didn’t specify any connection between the third sufferer and the brothers.

Ostrem labored in legislation enforcement for greater than twenty years in Wyoming and South Dakota, media experiences mentioned. He served as mayor of Centerville a few decade-and-a-half in the past, however the actual dates weren’t instantly out there.

The possible trigger doc mentioned a person in Centerville referred to as police at 9:44 p.m. on Memorial Day to report that his brother had been shot by “a guy from across the street” and that the shooter had gone again house. The caller was nonetheless on the telephone with a dispatcher when he mentioned that he had been shot, too. He then stopped speaking, the doc mentioned.

Ostrem was arrested a short while later. An AR-style rifle was on the bottom close to him, and he had a handgun in his pocket, the doc said. Officers then went to the house the place the decision originated and located all three victims.

Ostrem’s spouse advised police {that a} neighbor had sexually assaulted her on Thursday, and he or she advised Ostrem in regards to the assault Monday evening, the doc said. She mentioned Ostrem “got up and went raging out of the house,” in accordance with the doc.

Centerville is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Sioux Falls.