$1 million cash bond set for two teens charged in Rapid City’s first homicide of 2019
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The two Rapid City teens charged in the city’s first homicide of 2019, learned they could spend the rest of their lives behind bars or face the death penalty, as they appeared in court Friday morning.
Cole Waters, 19, and Andre Martinez, 19, both appeared in Pennington County Court via teleconference before 7th Circuit Court Judge Sarah Morrison.
The state requested that the bond for both Waters and Martinez be set at $1 million cash only and Judge Morrison agreed.
Both Waters and Martinez are charged with multiple counts, including aiding and abetting first degree murder, commission of a felony with a firearm, aiding and abetting attempted first degree robbery, and conspiracy to commit first degree robbery.
If convicted on the murder charges, the maximum penalty is life in prison or the death penalty.
On Feb. 26th, Emmanuel Hinton, 17, of Box Elder was shot in the alleyway behind Blaine Avenue and later died from his injuries at Regional Health Rapid City Hospital. Waters and Martinez were both arrested and charged the next day.
According to statements from the state prosecutor, Waters admitted to putting the gun to Hinton’s head and pulling the trigger. Both teens were given “no-contact orders” for someone named “C.B.” but it is not clear at this time who that person is or what their involvement in this incident.
Preliminary hearings for Waters and Martinez are set to take place in early May.