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Aberdeen man pleads not guilty to alternate murder counts in January stabbing death of woman


ABERDEEN, South Dakota — An Aberdeen man charged in a fatal January stabbing has pleaded not guilty.

Thirty-three-year-old John Hemminger is accused in the death of 26-year-old Jessica Goebel, who was stabbed Jan. 7 and died five days later. Court documents indicate Hemminger and Goebel had two children together.

The American News reports ( ) that Hemminger is facing alternate counts of murder, including premeditated murder. Both counts carry the possibility of a death sentence, with a minimum punishment of life in prison.

A trial date was not immediately set.

Information from: Aberdeen American News,

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