- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - The prosecutor in the case of a western South Dakota man accused of killing his mother has asked the judge presiding over the trial to not grant the change of venue requested by the defense.

The Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1bWuV9V ) reported that special deputy prosecutor Matt Brown during a Friday hearing told Seventh Circuit Judge Jeff Davis that Matthew Tornquist, 28, can have a fair trial in Hot Springs.

“Attorney General (Marty) Jackley wishes to make it a record that he wants the trial to take place here,” Brown said. “Fall River County was where the crime took place. The state believes that defendant Tornquist can get a fair trial here.”

Tornquist has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree and second-degree murder as well as grand theft in the October 2011 disappearance of his mother, Catherine Tornquist, in Hot Springs. He remains in custody.

Defense attorney Matt Stephens has urged Davis to move the trial to nearby Rapid City. Stephens told the judge it would be easier to hold the trial in a different city.

Tornquist’s trial has also been delayed twice and is now scheduled for July.

Catherine Tornquist’s remains have not been found.

Tornquist could face life in prison if convicted. Brown has said he will not pursue the death penalty in the case.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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