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Authorities & neighbors react to murder arrest

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After nearly two years, Minnehaha County prosecutors charge the person they believe is responsible for the murder of a Sioux Falls man. 

Tuesday the Minnehaha County States Attorneys office charged Letisha Morgan, 34, with first degree murder after police say she stabbed and killed Howard Allen, 52, Sioux Falls, in October of 2010.

Morgan allegedly stabbed Allen 37 times at his home on the 26-hundred block of South Marion road.

After more than a year and a half of collaboration between local law enforcement and Texas authorities both have now charged the woman they believe is responsible for murders in both states.

The Sioux Falls Police Department and people living near the crime scene say they're relieved a suspect is behind bars.

It's been nearly a month since Jason Brinson and his family moved into this home.

He says hearing that a murder took place here more than a year and a half ago is very frightening.

"I mean it's scary, it's scary walking through there, because you don't, you don't know what happened, why did this situation happen," Brinson said.

Tuesday Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel and states attorney Aaron McGowan announced they've charged a woman they believe is responsible for the murder of Howard Allen.

"The murder charges filed today were also the result of a terrific collaboration and communication between our local Sioux Falls Police Department and Dallas, Texas detectives and authorities." Barthel said.

Local authorities say its unsolved cases like this that is always high on their list of priorities.

"We're pretty fortunate here in Sioux Falls that we only get a couple of these a year, so, to have one go unsolved doesn't sit well with us," Barthel said.

But now they believe they have their suspect.

According to court documents the suspect; Letisha Morgan says "It's just something that happened" and that it wasn't supposed to happen, that it wasn't planned, but that it happened spur of the moment.

Brinson says he and his family are very relieved.

He just hopes that authorities have the right suspect behind bars.

If Morgan is convicted of murder in Texas the Minnehaha County states attorney may not proceed with charges.

McGowan says it wouldn't be necessary to prosecute Morgan if she receives life in prison from her other charges.

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