Whilst Jason Ravnsborg, 44, of Pierre, did not physically look at the Hughes County Courthouse, his attorney, Timothy Rensch, of Rapid City, explained to retired Sixth Judicial Circuit Decide John Brown that the continuing, which was only intended to an first look, must soar ahead to arraignment, introducing, “considering the fact that we’re all below, we may well, as nicely.”
“In some instances you will find a mountain of discovery,” explained Rensch, referring to the investigation attorneys make in arguing a circumstance. “In this scenario, there’s a mountain selection of discovery.”
Ravnsborg is billed with a few Class 2 misdemeanors, including distracted driving, inappropriate lane change, and use of a cellphone, with every carrying a penalty of 30 times in jail, $500, or each. Ravnsborg was not employing his cellphone at the time of the crash, according to prosecutors.
Whilst driving house from a political fundraiser in Spink County Sept. 12, 2020, Ravnsborg hit and killed pedestrian Joe Boever, 55, of Highmore, S.D. Ravnsborg identified as 911 and claimed that he had strike something that broken his car or truck. Boever’s body was uncovered the next day by Ravnsborg and his main of employees, Tim Bormann.
Friday’s court date was the sixth-month anniversary of the lethal crash.
Boever’s widow and other family associates have been current in the courtroom. Nick Nemec, a cousin of Boever’s, told reporters outdoors the courthouse that the victim’s widow “just desires to make a presence.”
Relating to the intended “mountain variety” of proof to dig via, Nemec was skeptical of the protection attorney’s claim.
“It can be not heading to consider a deep dig into the mountain to discover the proof (to convict),” Nemec stated.
Nick Nemec, cousin to Joe Boever, who was killed when South Dakota Lawyer Normal Jason Ravnsborg struck him on the shoulder of a U.S. highway final fall, speaks to reporters following a court docket listening to on Friday, March 12 — the 6-thirty day period anniversary of the crash. (Christopher Vondracek / Forum Information Company)
Exterior the courthouse Friday, Rensch declined to make a comment, although he observed it’s “really standard” for consumers in these varieties of circumstances not to surface in general public.
Earlier this 7 days, Rensch filed a motion to prohibit the use of cameras and audio broadcasting from the Hughes County Courthouse. Even though the case’s venue is technically Hyde County, and the guide prosecutor, Emily Sovell, is the deputy state’s legal professional for Sully County, Judge Brown moved the scenario to Hughes County, blocks from the condition Capitol, exactly where extra users of the state’s push corps are situated.
The two prosecuting attorneys, Sovell and Beadle County State’s Lawyer Mike Moore, briefly spoke to reporters. Sovell observed that the proceedings using position in Hughes County, which is section of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, is not technically a adjust of location.
Hughes County “experienced a minimal extra accessibility” to courthouse workers to support with the continuing, Sovell reported.
The route to courtroom
The scenario has drawn remarkable notice from the state’s inhabitants and journalists across the region, mainly due to its bizarre circumstances. In a Sept. 13 news convention, Gov. Kristi Noem explained Ravnsborg assumed he’d strike “a deer” but in reality experienced collided with a human.
Evidence produced in an investigative video — subsequently yanked from a state internet site subsequent a judge’s gag get — unveiled that Boever’s face experienced partially crashed via Ravnsborg’s windshield.
However, a person detail that’s remained dependable all over the scenario: The Hyde County Sheriff loaned Ravnsborg his motor vehicle to drive again to Pierre the evening of the crash. When Ravnsborg and his assistant arrived again the following early morning to return the auto, Ravnsborg says he saw Boever’s system lying along the street.
Even though Ravnsborg has refused to phase down from his job responsibilities, the stakes of the court docket situation are substantial, as previously this week an impeachment resolution was passed in the Property of Associates. The resolution’s key sponsor, Rep. Will Mortenson, R-Pierre, reported lawmakers ought to hold out for the consequence of the prison situation just before looking at regardless of whether to progress with an impeachment process.
The Legislature concluded its session Thursday, March 11, so any long run action would possible have to have to occur in a distinctive session.
The following court docket proceeding is envisioned in mid-May, with Rensch telling Decide Brown that Ravnsborg in the end would like a demo.