- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

DALLAS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a Hamill man accused of second-degree murder assaulted his former girlfriend at her home.

Chance Harruff, 46, was appointed an attorney in the case Tuesday. He’s charged in the death of 38-year-old Kristi Olson.

A court filing says Harruff argued with Olson at her residence in Dallas, South Dakota, on June 1. The document says he hit Olson in the chest with a “‘mule’ strength punch,” knocking her to the floor.

The filing says Harruff said he left the residence without knowing whether Olson needed medical help. She was unresponsive when officials arrived June 1, and was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.

Defense attorney Clint Sargent wasn’t immediately available to comment on Harruff’s behalf.

The Mitchell Daily Republic first reported details of the charge.

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