Fifth man charged with robbery in Sioux Falls murder case pleads not guilty
One of five men police say was involved in a robbery attempt that ended in murder pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.
Austin Kenneth Hogan, 21, of Hartford was indicted on charges of first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree robbery. Attorneys did not explain how Hogan was allegedly involved in the robbery attempt on December 2.
Court documents say Trevor Kruthoff, 17, and Brian David Anderson, 18, both of Watertown, traveled to Sioux Falls to steal $100,000 from Jordan LeBeau, 20, of Sioux Falls. They were joined by Kevin Rice and Douglas Scholten, of Dell Rapids. LeBeau was shot and killed during the incident. His father, Jason LeBeau, 48, was shot and wounded when he tried to help his son. Court papers say Jason went to the basement of his home North Alaska Avenue to find his son restrained by duct tape, being beaten by two men. Jason attempted to fight the men. Friends of Hogan didn't want to speak on camera, but say Hogan turned himself into police the day after learning of a warrant for his arrest.
Kruthoff and Rice also appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to the 23 counts against him. Their jury trials have been set for March 17, 2014. Kruthoff's attorneys are seeking to have him tried in juvenile court.