RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man is accused of using a hammer to kill a father who was asleep with his young children and seriously injure two others in a Rapid City home.
Relatives said the victim, 39-year-old Rich Montanez, was letting the man, who was the friend of a friend, stay at his house because he was homeless. Allac “AJ” Dismounts Thrice, 28, is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the Sept. 3 attack.
Family members say Montanez was a single father of three children, 3- and 7-year-old boys and a 6-year-old daughter. The victim's sister-in-law, Tiffany Dubray-Terzo, says the boys were sleeping with their dad when he was attacked.
Dubray-Terzo says the two women in the home, Montanez’s roommate and the roommate’s friend, were also attacked and are hospitalized in intensive care. One of the women managed to escape the house with the children.
A magistrate judge on Tuesday set a $1 million cash bond for Dismounts Thrice. A public defender said he had no comment on bond because Dismounts Thrice said he didn’t want his office to represent him.
State’s Attorney Mark Vargo said it’s too early to make a decision whether to pursue the death penalty, the Rapid City Journal reported.
Dismounts Thrice had been released from jail six days before the assault after a judge agreed to reduce his bond on charges of drug possession and receiving a stolen vehicle, court records show.
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