- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A Mitchell man accused of suffocating his wife has denied violating a protection order.

Thirty-nine-year-old James Brinker has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter in the death of 36-year-old Marie Brinker last October. Brinker allegedly was staying at the couple’s residence despite a protection order filed against him. The Mitchell Daily Republic says Brinker denied violating the order during an appearance in Davison County Tuesday. A trial to address the protection order and probation violation is set for May 1.

Court documents allege Brinker wrapped his wife in a blanket, placed her on a mattress, then put a sock in her mouth and tied a belt around her head to hold the sock in place.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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