- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A judge has refused to suppress video of police interviews during the trial of Rapid City murder suspect Michael Hand.

The 19-year-old Hand is to stand trial starting Nov. 16 in the July 2014 death of 47-year-old Myron Rock. Rock’s body was found in an alley, and an autopsy concluded he’d been beaten and strangled.

Hand has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to second-degree murder. His attorney earlier asked Judge Craig Pfeifle (FY’-flee) to suppress statements Hand gave police. A psychologist testified Hand is intellectually disabled and would have some difficulty understanding his rights.

Police testified Hand was read his rights before he was interviewed, agreed to speak with police and waived his right to an attorney.

KEVN-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1PYCcXR ) Pfeifle denied the defense motion on Thursday.


Information from: KEVN-TV, https://www.kevn.com

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