Suspect in Regional Health murder-for-hire case pleads not guilty

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The latest on court proceedings for William Thoman, accused of trying to hire someone to kill his late wife’s doctor. CRIME DETAILS

Nov. 8

A Rapid City man accused of trying to hire someone to kill a Regional Health Rapid City doctor has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the first degree and criminal solicitation.

William Thoman, 62, appeared in court Thursday to hear the charges against him.

Thoman’s defense moved to dismiss the criminal solicitation charge, arguing he was charged incorrectly, that he “can’t identify [the] elements of the charge,” and there was “no evidence of a plan.”

The state argued that Thoman attempted to get a weapon, substantiating the charge.

No decisions were made regarding the charge. Bond was addressed but ultimately denied.

Thoman could be facing up to 75 years in prison for attempted murder and criminal solicitation. He’s expected to appear for a non-evidentiary hearing and a motion to dismiss on Dec. 6.

Thoman is being held in the Pennington County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

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