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Defense attorneys for Aberdeen murder suspect get judge's approval to hire law students


ABERDEEN, South Dakota — Attorneys for an Aberdeen man accused of murder are being allowed to hire law students to help with the case.

The American News reports ( ) that Judge Scott Myren capped pay for the assistants at $3,000 and told defense attorneys for John Hemminger that they can ask to raise the total later, if necessary.

The 33-year-old Hemminger has pleaded not guilty to murder charges 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 charges against Hemminger carry a potential death sentence.

Information from: Aberdeen American News,

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