Second man charged in the murder of Adalberto Ferrer-Machado plead not guilty

MITCHELL, S.D.(KMIT)- A second man charged in a fatal shooting in downtown Mitchell last month pleaded not guilty to several counts on Thursday.  28-year old Luis Perez-Melendez is charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, and manslaughter.  On the night of January 9th, Perez-Melendez and 27-year old Jose Morales Acevedo allegedly went to the residence of 38-year old Adalberto Ferrer-Machado to steal a handgun.  The gun was then used to kill Ferrer-Machado.  Perez-Melendez could face the death penalty if convicted of the most serious charge, first degree murder.  His next court date was set for March 11th.  Morales Acevedo appeared in Davison County Court on Tuesday and also pleaded not guilty to the charges.  A third person, a female, has also been charged in connection with the murder.