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Trial set for Sioux Falls murder defendant

July 26, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Trial has been set for a Sioux Falls man accused in a fatal drug deal that left two men dead.

Thirty-six-year-old Manuel Frias is slated to go to trial for first-degree murder and other charges on July 29. Officials say the trial could last more than two weeks.

Prosecutors say Frias, Corey Zephier and Crystal Habben planned to rob Samuel Crockett during a drug deal in January 2018. Frias is accused of fatally shooting Crockett and Crockett killed Zephier during the hold up.

The 28-year-old Crockett died at a hospital. The 30-year-old Zephier died at the scene of the shooting. The Argus Leader says Habben pleaded guilty to being an accessory to a felony, was sent to prison and is now on parole.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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