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Police are shown at the scene of a fatal stabbing at the Loaf 'N Jug on Mount Rushmore Road on Jan. 18.

Journal file

The unidentified man could contain his emotions no longer.

“I hope you burn in hell!” were the words he spat out at the 17-year-old in handcuffs before storming out of a Pennington County courtroom Thursday morning.

Carlos Quevedo, 17, and fellow Rapid City resident Cody Grady, 19, are both charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Kasie Lord on Wednesday at the Loaf ‘N Jug convenience store on Mount Rushmore Road.

Lord, 45, a clerk at that store, was stabbed to death during an alleged beer theft there. 

Quevedo also faces an alternative charge of second-degree murder and a charge of first-degree robbery. Grady also faces a charge of second-degree robbery.

Grady, who appeared in court via a video linkup from the county jail, cried quietly as Magistrate Judge Scott Bogue read his charges and said the penalty for first-degree murder is death or life in prison.

Quevedo had been transported from the Western South Dakota Juvenile Services Center, where he is detained. He appeared with attorney Randy Connelly, who said he was making a “special appearance” at the request of Quevedo’s family.

Bogue told Quevedo there is a presumption he would be tried as an adult but can seek to have his case transferred to juvenile court.

Even if Quevedo is tried as an adult, the judge said he is not allowed to be sentenced to death because he is a juvenile.

A life sentence without parole on the murder charges is “a possibility but not mandated,” Bogue said.

The alternate second-degree murder charge means Quevedo may be convicted of either that or the first-degree murder charge but not both.

The city police report on the case, obtained Thursday from the county State’s Attorney’s Office, provides more information on the city’s second homicide of 2017 just 18 days into the year.

Around 4:43 a.m. Wednesday, an officer was dispatched to the Loaf ‘N Jug after a woman had called in, screaming on the phone.

“The woman said, ‘You got the beer,’ and then started screaming,” according to the report. “The line was disconnected and busy on call-back.”

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The first officer on the scene saw a person lying on the north end of the store’s parking lot. The person, Lord, was bleeding, her breathing was labored and she was unresponsive. Officers saw several stab wounds on the front and side of her torso and on her back.

An ambulance arrived and took her to Rapid City Regional Hospital, where she died.

Other officers who arrived found the knife used in the stabbing, as well as loose cans of beer and shoe prints. Officers followed the tracks.

An officer reviewed the Loaf ‘N Jug’s security video and saw two males enter the store. One grabs a case of beer and tries to leave the store without paying. Lord, who is near the register, grabs the beer from him as he walks by her.

Lord dials the phone as the person takes another case of beer. Lord moves in front of the doors to block his exit. The person pushes past her, and she struggles with him for the case of beer.

As her back is turned, the other male “walks up behind her and appears to stab her several times in the back,” the report said. Lord turns, puts her arms up and backs away. The attacker “makes several more stabbing motions.” The males disappear from the camera’s view.

An officer followed the footprints to a house in the 700 block of St. Andrew Street and found Quevedo, who police said matched the attacker seen in the video. The report did not say where Grady was arrested.

Both Quevedo and Grady are being held without bond. Their next court appearance has not been set.

Jan. 23, 2017 update: If found guilty of first- or second-degree murder, Quevedo can be sentenced to life without parole though this penalty is not mandatory.

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