- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A judge has reduced bond for a Florida man recently charged in a 26-year-old killing in South Dakota but refused to outright release Kim Aune before his January trial.

The 57-year-old Aune from Florida’s Lee County was charged earlier this year with murder in the 1989 death of 21-year-old Kimberly Eidsness, his girlfriend. Prosecutors haven’t said why they reopened the case.

The Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/22d8mEw ) defense attorney Beau Blouin during a Thursday hearing said Aune’s limited criminal history, track record of making court appearances and the time that has passed since the slaying were grounds for Aune’s release.

Prosecutor Aaron McGowan opposed even a bond reduction.

Judge Robin Houwman reduced bond from $1 million to $750,000, cash only.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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