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Christopher Kryger makes first court appearance

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The suspect in Sioux Falls' first homicide of 2014 made his first court appearance Monday -- Christopher Kryger is being held on $1 million cash only bond. 

He's being charged with seven counts in all -- three counts of murder in first degree, two counts of rape -- one in the second degree and one in the third degree -- and two counts of first degree burglary.

Monday was the first time Kari Kirkegaard's family saw her accused killer Chris Kryger in person. And as you can imagine, emotions were running high.

While in the court room waiting for the hearing to begin, Kirkegaard's brother -- Brian Johnson -- was escorted out of the room by deputies. They told him he was not allowed back into the court room because he was mouthing something to Kryger through the glass window.

During the hearing, Kryger spoke up saying, 'There is one thing I do want to say.' His attorney then hushed him saying, 'Chris, Chris no.'

I spoke to Johnson after the hearing and asked him what he was mouthing to Kryger.

"Tell him I was going to kill him. He should have never been out. He choked my sister and if I get a hold of him I'm going to choke him out myself. That's a fact.  That's a fact. It's crazy. It's stupid. I can't believe they let a bum like this guy out. They know he's dangerous and they let him out and over and over again," said Brian Johnson, Kirkegaard's brother.

Kryger faces life in prison or execution.

We asked Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemons why the public was told they weren't in danger before Kryger was in custody. He says as with any investigation, they are fluid.

The information they had at the time led them to believe the public was safe. As information changed, they told the public to be aware of their surroundings.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions -- how Christopher Kryger got into Kari Kirkegaard's house, what he did inside the house and where some of the missing belongings went.

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