Jury deliberating in Pfeiffer manslaughter trial

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Pennington county jury is in deliberations in the trial of Maxton Pfeiffer.

22-year-old Pfeiffer is charged with first-degree manslaughter after the shooting and killing of Ty Scott in a Keystone home in June of 2018. Pfeiffer claimed the shooting was accidental.

In closing statements, prosecution argued that manslaughter charges are applicable, because although there may not have been an intent to kill, Pfeiffer acted recklessly with the firearm. They added that Pfeiffer’s unlawful actions indicate criminal intent, regardless of if he was aware of the crime he was about to commit.

His defense argued that Pfeiffer had no idea that there was a live round in the chamber of the gun, so he wasn’t acting recklessly when he pointed the gun at Scott and fired. They supported this argument with an assessment that the bullet showed evidence of nose binding, which would indicate that the round had been trapped in the chamber so that it may not have flown out when Pfeiffer allegedly checked the gun for a live round.

If convicted, Pfeiffer could face up to life in prison.

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