Defendant in Keystone manslaughter case arrested, re-released after bond violations

KEYSTONE, S.D. The defendant in a Keystone manslaughter case spent a week behind bars for violating his bond but is set for re-release, a 7th circuit court judge ruled Wednesday.

Maxton Pfeiffer, 18, was arrested and charged with first-degree manslaughter for the shooting death of 19-year-old, Ty Scott on June 13, 2018. He was released two days later on a $10,000 cash bond and has been out of jail.

Pfeiffer turned himself into police last Wednesday after a warrant was issued for a bond violation. Pfeiffer received a ticket in Lawrence county, near Lead, for speeding and possessing less than 0.2 ounces of marijuana. He also admitted to smoking marijuana before driving, according to the state prosecutor.

In addition to speeding and possessing marijuana, leaving the 7th Judicial Court jurisdiction violated the terms of his bond.

Both state and defense requested bond be reinstated with the addition of three drug tests a week, a condition which was granted by Judge Jeffrey Connolly.

Pfeiffer previously pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge, in what the defense argues was an accidental shooting.

If convicted, first-degree manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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