State Supreme Court upholds murder, rape conviction of Sioux Falls man

(KSFY) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and sentencing of a Sioux Falls man accused of raping and killing a woman in 2014.

In 2016, Christopher Dean Kryger was found guilty of first degree murder and other charges for the death of 56-year-old Kari Kirkegaard. She was found dead in her bathtub in March of 2014.

Kryger was sentenced to life in prison for the murder charge, 50 years for second degree rape, and 25 years for first degree burglary.

Kryger appealed his conviction to the state's highest court. According to Attorney General Marty Jackley, the court rejected each of Kryger’s claims, finding that Kryger’s admission that he had a “criminal mind” admissible and that evidence was sufficient to sustain Kryger’s conviction on all crimes.