Deputies: Suspect in 1989 South Dakota murder caught in Lee County

Author: Associated Press
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Florida man was arrested Friday on a first-degree murder charge in connection with a slaying more than 25 years ago in South Dakota.

Kim Aune, a 57-year-old man from Lee County, Florida, was indicted Thursday in South Dakota and arrested in Florida early Friday. Authorities are working to bring him back to South Dakota to face the charge.

Aune is charged with shooting 21-year-old Kimerbly Eidsness, his girlfriend at the time, on Nov. 13, 1989, at their home east of Sioux Falls. Aune, who was 31 at the time, was living with Eidness when she died, said State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan.

Captain Paul Niedringhaus of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said Aune had been living in Florida for some time before his arrest.

“It’s not a situation in which he fled South Dakota,” Niedringhaus said.

Because the investigation is ongoing, Niedringhaus and McGowan said evidence and case specifics are not being released yet.

Once Aune is back in South Dakota, he will have his initial appearance and arraignment on the murder charge.


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