Jose Morales Acevedo pleads not guilty to murder & manslaughter

MITCHELL, S.D.(KMIT)- One of two men accused of shooting and killing a man in downtown Mitchell last month pleaded not guilty to several charges on Tuesday morning. 27-year old Jose Morales Acevedo is charged with 1st degree murder, 2nd degree murder, and manslaughter.

On the night of January 9th, Acevedo and another man allegedly went to the residence of 38-year old Adalberto Ferrer-Machado to steal a handgun, which was then used to kill Ferrer-Machado.

Acevedo could face the death penalty if convicted of 1st degree murder. His next court appearance was set for next month.

The other man charged in the shooting, 28-year old Luis Perez-Melendez, is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday morning in Davison County Court.

A female has also been charged in connection with the murder.