A Rapid City man is charged in strangling death of sister

RAPID CITY, S.D. –Houchin Nicklaus  A  Rapid City man accused of strangling his sister last week made his first court appearance on Monday.

Nicklaus Houchin, 28, is being charged with First Degree Manslaughter stemming from an incident that happened in the Target parking lot in Rushmore Crossing on Thursday, September 22. Police were called to the scene for a report of an unresponsive female. Although a medical unit took over life saving measures, the victim identified as 31-year-old Danielle Houchin, died on the way to the hospital.

If convicted, Nicklaus Houchin faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for the First Degree Manslaughter charge. Nicklaus Houchin was also charged with four misdemeanors including DUI, Unauthorized use of vehicle, No Drivers License, and Failure to make a proper stop at an intersection.

Judge Bogue set bond at $100,000 cash for the manslaughter charge and $50 cash for each of the misdemeanors.

A preliminary hearing has been set for September 30, 2022.



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