South Dakota won’t seek death penalty in triple homicide

Arnson Absolu faces three murder charges in Rapid City.
Arnson Absolu faces three murder charges in Rapid City.(Pennington County Jail)
Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 11:33 AM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty for Arnson Absolu, 37-year-old New Yorker, who was charged with killing three people in Rapid City.

According to the Rapid City Journal, Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo told a judge Tuesday that he wasn’t aware the 45-day deadline for making a decision had passed four days earlier.

Absolu faces three counts of premeditated first-degree murder in connection with the August 2020 deaths of Charles Red Willow, Ashley Nagy and Dakota Zaiser.

Now Absolu would face life in prison if convicted.

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