Rapid City murder-for-hire case inches forward
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The man accused of fatally stabbing 22-year-old Rapid City woman, Jessica Rehfeld, in 2015 is one step closer to being deemed competent, allowing the case to move toward trial.
After months of delayed hearings, 7th Circuit Court Judge Heidi Linngren confirmed Tuesday that 37-year-old Richard Hirth was at the South Dakota Human Services Center (HSC) in Yankton for competency restoration.
The State of South Dakota recently filed a certificate of restoration from the HSC, deeming Hirth ready for trial.
Judge Linngren must hear testimony from doctors working with Hirth before she can deem him competent to stand trial. She set an April 16 hearing date at which two doctors will testify.
Hirth will not appear in Pennington County court until declared competent by Linngren.
Hirth’s trial was scheduled to proceed last fall, but delays in transferring Hirth to Yankton pushed the case into this year.