- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) - A 23-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of his new girlfriend’s estranged husband in southeastern South Dakota.

Alex Wittenberg appeared in court Thursday on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter. He’s accused of shooting Jonathan Puttmann, 39, once in the head Tuesday night near Puttmann’s Dell Rapids home. Puttmann died at a hospital.

A judge granted prosecutors’ request for a $500,000 cash-only bail for Wittenberg, but Wittenberg’s attorney reserved the right to make bond arguments later, the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/2fAW48p ) reported.

Sheriff’s Capt. Jason Gearman said the shooting was a result of a domestic dispute. The suspect is dating Puttmann’s 38-year-old estranged wife, Jamie Puttmann.

“There was an altercation that occurred over relationship issues,” Gearman said.

He said investigators have interviewed many witnesses already.

“It is a tough time for family members, but a lot of family members will have to be interviewed on both sides to see what led up to this,” he said, noting that alcohol was not believed to be a factor.

Wittenberg was arrested at the scene of the shooting. He remained in the Minnehaha County Jail on Thursday and is due back in court Dec. 1. His public defender did not immediately respond to a phone message from The Associated Press for comment Thursday evening.


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

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