Hot Springs murder trial moved to Rapid City - KOTA Territory News

Hot Springs murder trial moved to Rapid City

The first-degree murder trial for a Hot Springs man accused of killing his mother has been moved to Rapid City.
Circuit Judge Jeff Davis granted the change of venue for the Matthew Tornquist proceedings.

The 28-year-old is charged with killing his mother, Catherine Tornquist. She disappeared in October 2011. Her body has never been found.

Attorney General Marty Jackley said a move to Rapid City means a larger courtroom, big enough to house 40 to 60 witnesses and the number of jurors needed - given the nature of the case.  Jackley said the defense request was legitimate.

"The state appreciates that the trial is moving forward to bring resolution to everyone involved," said Jackley.

Davis set a tentative starting date for the trial on July 8th. It's expected to last a couple of weeks.
In addition to f murder charges, Tornquist faces grand theft. If convicted, he'll serve a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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