- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A man accused in the beating death of another man outside a Williston strip club in August now faces a murder charge.

Twenty-nine-year-old Kyle Siler initially faced an aggravated assault charge in the death of Dean Niederklopfer, who died about four days after the alleged beating. Prosecutors on Wednesday upgraded the charge to murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.

Defense attorney Ryan Sandberg says the prosecutor has “overcharged this case,” and his client will plead not guilty.

Siler is from McKinleyville, California. He was working as a bouncer at the strip club.

He and his girlfriend were arrested in South Dakota several days after Niederklopfer was taken off life support. Thirty-year-old Jessica Gibson is charged with hindering law enforcement and attacking a correctional officer.

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