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SD stabbing suspect pleads not guilty to murder charges; charges upgraded after victim died


ABERDEEN, South Dakota — A man facing murder charges in the fatal stabbing of a woman in Aberdeen has pleaded not guilty.

Thirty-three-year-old John Hemminger on Friday entered not guilty pleas to premeditated murder and felony murder charges.

Hemminger initially was charged with attempted murder after the Jan. 7 attack on 26-year-old Jessica Goebel. She died of her injuries five days later, and the American News reports ( ) that charges against Hemminger were upgraded Thursday.

Defense attorney William Gerdes declined comment to the Associated Press Friday.

Court documents indicate Hemminger and Goebel had two children together. Documents also indicate Hemminger has a history of violent crimes. He spent six years in prison for stabbing another man in 2003.

The current charges against Hemminger carry a potential death sentence.

Information from: Aberdeen American News,

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