Murder victim's family requests no death penalty

Jonathon Klinetobe is accused of hiring two men to kill his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Rehfeld.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against a Sturgis man accused of hiring others to kill his ex-girlfriend.

In a hearing Monday, the family of murder victim Jessica Rehfeld asked that the possibility of being sentenced to death be removed in the trial of Jonathon Klinetobe.

Klinetobe is accused of hiring two men to kill 22-year-old Rehfeld in May 2015. One of the men, David Schneider, pleaded guilty to first degree murder but he has not been sentenced yet. Richard Hirth has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder. No trial day has been set.

Two other men, Michael Frye and Garland Brown, were accused of moving Rehfeld’s body from the original grave to another one. Brown and Frye both pleaded guilty to being accessories in the murder. Brown was sentenced to five years in prison. Frye’s sentencing is pending.

Rehfeld’s body was found in May 2016, south of Rockerville.