Triple homicide trial in Rapid City moves forward as witness testimonies end
RAPID CITY, S.D.– The trial of Arnson Absolu continues in Rapid City as witness testimonials ended on Tuesday. Absolu was arrested in August of 2020 in New York for three counts of first-degree premeditated murder for the deaths of 26-year-old Charles Red Willow, 29-year-old Ashley Nagy, and 22-year-old Dakota Zaiser.
What happens next?
Tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m., closing arguments will begin for the prosecution and defense followed later by the beginning of jury deliberations after receiving instructions from Judge Gusinski.
After the last witness for the prosecution took the stand on Tuesday, state prosecutors decided to rest. The defense, led by Defense Attorney Timothy Rensch, requested a judgment of acquittal but was objected to by prosecutors. Rensch then made the decision for the defense to rest, stating no further evidence and again declining to make an opening statement.
What happens if Absolu is convicted?
If convicted during the trial, Absolu will face life in prison for the three counts of first-degree murder he faces. Red Willow and Nagy were fatally shot in the Thomson Park area of Rapid City, and Zaiser’s body was later found near the intersection of Sheridan Lake Road and Highway 385.