Bond set at $1M cash in murder case

ABERDEEN, S.D. (By Elisa Sand – A $1 million cash bond has been set for an Aberdeen man facing one charge of felony murder.

The charge is in connection to the death of a 37-year-old man who has yet to be identified. Deputy State’s Attorney Ross Aldentaler said contact is still being made with the victim’s family.

The charge is in connection to an early morning incident on Wednesday. Police were called to the 300 block of North Lincoln Street for a report of a stabbing. Officers found a man unresponsive and bleeding. That man was later pronounced dead at the residence.

The incident was reported about 2:30 a.m. Following a police investigation, Jacob Lane Lee Bad Wound, 24, of Aberdeen, was arrested. He made his initial court appearance Friday where Magistrate Judge Gregg Magera set bond at $1 million cash. Bad Wound also requested a court-appointed attorney and Magera preliminarily appointed Aberdeen attorney Tom Cogley pending a completed application for a court-appointed attorney.

Aldentaler cited a couple reasons for the the $1 million bond. Bad Would was released from prison about a week ago, he said, and now faces a new charge of murder. His court-appearance history also shows 12 instances since December 2016 where he failed to appear — those instances are for a variety of cases, he said, but demonstrates Bad Wound is a potential flight risk. Bad Wound did not comment on bond.

According to Bad Wound’s criminal history, which was provided by the Clerk of Court’s office, he’s been in and out of the courtroom on a variety of charges since May of 2014. The vast majority of the charges have been misdemeanor offenses for things like driving under the influence, minor possession of alcohol or driving with a revoked license.

Multiple charges have pertained to possession of drug paraphernalia or possession of alcohol as a minor. Bad Wound was most recently sentenced on a felony possession of methamphetamine.

He has one past conviction of simple assault, which is a misdemeanor, from 2017.

While Wednesday’s stabbing happened about 2:30 a.m., police were in the neighborhood around midnight responding to a suspicious person call in the 300 block of North Washington Street. Police Capt. Eric Duven said resident was concerned about activity around his boat. The incident was not related to the stabbing that happened later, Duven said.

Court documents filed in this case do not include many details from Wednesday’s incident and no further details were shared in court. A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 10. If convicted, murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Up to a $50,000 fine could also be imposed.

Third death

This week’s stabbing is the third homicide investigation and the second to result in charges.

The first homicide was Jan. 2. Jarrett O. Jones, 48, of Bath, has been charged with murder in the death of Jon Schumacher, 28. Jones has pleaded not guilty and the case is set for trial is set to begin Feb. 22, 2021. The trial is set to run through March 12

According to court documents in this case, Schumacher arrived at Jones’ home after he was arrested for driving under the influence and released from custody. According to court documents Schumacher, who had previously been in a relationship with Jones’ daughter, was asked to leave but refused. Video video surveillance shows Jones shooting Schumacher twice, with one of those shots after Schumacher was on the ground.

The second homicide was Jan. 25 where a 25-year-old from Warner was shot in the 1100 block of South Washington Street. That happened about 4 a.m.

No charges were filed following an investigation that determined the incident was justifiable homicide. According a news release from the Brown County State’s Attorney’s office following that investigation, eyewitness statements indicated there was a verbal altercation between the shooter and the deceased.

According to witness testimony the deceased indicated he had a gun and threaten to shoot the other man. He was even reaching behind himself and counting down when he was shot.