Cases seperated for two Spearfish residents charged in January drug deaths

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Two of nine Spearfish residents were in Fourth Circuit Court in Deadwood Tuesday morning, facing charges for allegedly distributing Fentanyl Analogs, that allegedly contributed to the January deaths of 38-year old Troy Kuntz and 23-year old Carrera Hall.

37-year old Eric Reeder faces two counts of first degree manslaughter, eight counts of distribution of a controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to distribute, one count of keeping a place for use or sale of a controlled substance, and four counts of aggravated assault.
32-year old Ashley Kuntz faces one count of distribution of a controlled substance, and one count of first degree manslaughter.
Officials say Troy Kuntz was found dead in his home in Spearfish on January 15 and Hall was found dead on January 21st.
Judge Eric Strawn signed an order in October to sever the co-defendants cases.
Tuesday, Kuntz's lawyer said they are continuing their investigation and their conversation with the state for a possible agreement.
Kuntz and Reeder are both due back in court in January.
The other seven people involved in the case face several drug charges.