- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a teenager shot and killed after a car chase in Sioux Falls should not be referred to as a victim during the upcoming trial of the teen accused of pulling the trigger.

Conner Hanson is charged with murder in the January death of 18-year-old Anthony Gabriel. Hanson was 17 at the time but he’s charged in adult court, where he’s pleaded not guilty.

Hanson’s attorney argued in court Thursday that Gabriel instigated the incident and that Hanson killed Gabriel in self-defense. He said calling Gabriel a victim would prevent a fair trial.

Judge Robin Houwman told prosecutors to avoid the term “victim” and instruct witnesses to refer to Gabriel by his name or as “the deceased.”

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