Man who murdered South Dakota trooper dies in prison

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A state prison inmate, serving a life sentence for murdering South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Oren Hindman in 1985, has died in his prison cell.

Wade Aikins, age 54, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls Saturday morning. A preliminary investigation indicates the death is due to accidental asphyxiation. The Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the death; and an autopsy will be conducted.

In 1985, Trooper Hindman was transporting two people to jail in Spearfish when Aikins stabbed him in the throat. Aiken was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder.