Local

Sioux Falls Man Pleads Not Guilty In Death Of Toddler

Sioux Falls Man Pleads Not Guilty In Death Of Toddler

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 27-year-old Sioux Falls man has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Joseph Robert Patterson is being held on reduced bond of $750,000. He’s charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the death of Tyrese Robert Ruffin.

Patterson is the boyfriend of Tyrese’s mother.

Patterson’s attorney, Tim Rensch, argued for the lower bond, saying evidence against his client is circumstantial.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for January.

Peterson had just recently found out that Tyrese was his son. The NFL star had been planning to meet the boy and rushed to Sioux Falls when he heard Tyrese was hospitalized.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for January.

Recent Headlines

9 hours ago in Local

Three Plead Not Guilty In GEAR UP Case

courtroom

Trials could start in the fall or early next year.

9 hours ago in Local

Man Wanted In Sioux Falls Homicide Found

police 1

21-year old Jared Stone was arrested early Thursday.

9 hours ago in Local

Mitchell Mayor To Tour Lake In Iowa

corn palace

Mayor Toomey says he wants to discuss Carter Lake's restoration.

9 hours ago in Local

Gerlach Chosen As Regional Teacher Of The Year

Mitchell_high

She is now in the running for South Dakota Teacher of the Year.