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Thursday, January 8, 2009

SD- Police: Man killed when he tried to grab knife from girlfriend

1-7-2009 South Dakota:

Sioux Falls police released the name of the man killed Monday in the city’s first homicide of the year, and said his girlfriend pulled the knife that killed him during an argument, police spokesman Sam Clemens said.

Duane Joseph Red Bird, 39, died when he was cut trying to take a kitchen knife from his girlfriend Cora Lynn McBride during an argument, Clemens said.

Both had been drinking, and when McBride pulled the knife, Red Bird tried to grab it and McBride pulled the knife away, which deeply cut Red Bird’s palm, Clemens said.

“She was basically telling him to leave her alone, that she didn’t want to argue anymore,” Clemens said.

Police believe Red Bird died from the wound, as McBride waited some time before going to a neighbor’s home to call 911, Clemens said. Red Bird was dead when rescue workers arrived at the home in the 1100 block of East Sixth Street about 8:20 p.m. Monday.

McBride had been staying at the home, which belongs to a relative, Clemens said. Red Bird and McBride have been in an off-and-on relationship for four years, he said.
An autopsy has been done on Red Bird’s body, but the results have not been released to investigators yet, Clemens said.

McBride, 39, is a registered sex offender, and was convicted in 2003 in Hughes County of attempted sexual contact with at 25-year-old woman, according to the South Dakota Sex Offender Registry.

She is charged with first-degree manslaughter in connection with Red Bird’s Death. ..News Source.. by Matthew Gruchow

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