State has 45 days to determine if they will seek the death penalty for accused murderer Arnson Absolu

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — A New York man facing three counts of first-degree murder was in court for a status hearing on Tuesday.

37-year-old Arnson Absolu was arrested in New York in September 2020 for the deaths of Charles Red Willow, Ashley Nagy and Dakota Zaiser. Red Willow and Nagy were victims of an August 24 homicide near Meadowlark Drive. Zaiser’s remains were later located in a wooded area near Sheridan Lake.

Absolu appeared virtually from the Pennington County Jail. Judge Robert Guisinsky said this was because he was “involved in a serious fight” at the jail and it was a “security risk” to transport him to court.

The State of South Dakota now has 45 days to decide whether or not to seek the death penalty in Absolu’s case.

In a meeting with the victims’ families outside Judge Guisinsky’s courtroom, Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo said, “We simply have to make a decision: are we going to seek the death penalty or are we not going to seek the death penalty?” 

Absolu is set for his next court appearance on May 31 at 2:30 p.m.

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