SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A man accused in a double homicide in Sioux Falls could face the death penalty.

The Argus Leader reports that 34-year-old Manuel Frias was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and four counts of manslaughter.

Two other people were arrested for the Jan. 5 shooting deaths of 28-year-old Samuel Crockett and 30-year-old Corey Zephier. Maria LeClaire is charged with first-degree robbery and Crystal Habben is charged with misprision of a felony.

Police say the drug-related incident happened outside an apartment building. Crockett was allegedly being held up by Zephier when Crockett grabbed his gun from his waistband and shot Zephier. Police say Frias then shot Crockett.

Authorities arrested Frias on Jan. 16, after a three-hour standoff in Nebraska involving two police departments, two sheriff’s offices and federal law enforcement.

Information from: Argus Leader,

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