- Associated Press - Friday, February 10, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A man charged with a fatal beating at a Rapid City motel has pleaded not guilty to charges.

Thirty-four-year-old Clifford Gilbert is accused of using a walking stick to violently beat Robert Smith at the Stardust Motel Dec. 27. Prosecutors say Gilbert then used his fists and feet to deliver the fatal blows while the 61-year-old victim was on the floor.

Court documents say Gilbert told investigators he “snapped” in anger while he was in a motel room with Smith and a woman.

The Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/2kA6Yxm ) says Gilbert entered the not guilty pleas to second-degree murder and an alternate charge of first-degree manslaughter in 7th Circuit Court Thursday.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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