- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A man convicted in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend in Aberdeen will not get a new trial.

A jury in August found 34-year-old John Hemminger guilty of premeditated murder in the January 2015 death of 26-year-old Jessica Goebel, of Aberdeen. Hemminger was sentenced to life in prison.

His attorneys appealed last month, saying their client deserved a new trial because the prosecutor had made an inappropriate statement to the jury during final arguments.

The American News reports (https://bit.ly/2exk3Sj ) that Judge Scott Myren denied the defense request this week, saying the prosecutor did nothing wrong.

Authorities say Goebel was stabbed 26 times at her home. She died in a Sioux Falls hospital six days later.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com


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