Monday, July 16, 2012

Rapid City, SD: Man pleads not guilty in S. Dakota stabbing death

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A 30-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges he stabbed his former girlfriend to death in a Walmart parking lot.

Michael Young entered the plea Monday to charges of first-degree murder, fetal homicide, felony violation of a protection order and stalking for the deaths of 30-year-old Morgan Myers Goodhart and her unborn child.

The Rapid City Journal reports that Young was tracked to a nearby motel after the April 26 stabbing, where he was discovered bleeding from self-inflicted stab wounds inside a restroom. KEVN reports that Young was hospitalized until June.

The Pennington County State's Attorney's Office has not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty for Young. If convicted of either first-degree murder or fetal homicide, he would face mandatory life imprisonment.

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