Hot Springs man accused of killing his mother appears in court - KOTA Territory News

Hot Springs man accused of killing his mother appears in court

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Prosecutors say they are still gathering evidence in the case involving a Hot Springs man accused of killing his own mother.

26-year old Matthew Tornquist appeared in court Thursday for a motions hearing. No trial date has been set yet. He is charged with first degree murder, second degree murder and grand theft.

His mother, Catherine Tornquist went missing in October of last year.  Her body has still not been recovered. Deputy State's Attorney Matt Brown says because Catherine's body is still missing, other physical evidence is extremely important to the case.

Earlier this year prosecutors said they might seek the death penalty, but Matt Brown says more than anything they want to bring peace of mind to Catherine's friends and family. "We'd like to have the body, and there's obviously a closure component for the family that we'd like to have and also a punishment component, so specifically what we're looking for as broadly as I can say it is justice for Catherine."

Tornquist's next hearing will be January 10th.

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