Extra security was on hand as the man accused of killing a Sioux Falls woman made his first court appearance Monday in Minnehaha County.
Bond was set for 40-year-old Christopher Kryger at $1 million. But there was a disruption in the courtroom as the judge set bail. Kari Kirkegaard's brother had to be escorted out of the courtroom for threatening to kill Kryger.
It was the first time the public got to see Kryger since his arrest for the murder. It was an emotional day for family members as they saw Kirkegaard's accused killer face-to-face for the very first time.
Don Jorgensen: What was your feeling in the courtroom?
Brian Johnson: I want to kill him. If he gets out again, I will kill him. I will hunt him down like a dog and kill him.
Kryger was out on parole for an aggravated assault conviction in 1992.
Johnson, Kirkegaard's brother, tried talking to Kryger through the glass and had to be removed from the court proceedings.
Jorgensen: What were you trying to say to him?
Johnson: I told him I was going to kill him. He's a rat. He never should have been out. He choked my sister and if I get a hold of him, I'm going to choke him out myself. That's a fact. That's a fact.
Kirkegaard's body was found in her bathtub a little over two weeks ago. Her father doesn't think Kryger should have been let out of prison either.
"Why should a judge or a governor commute the sentence? Why is the second one have more rights than the initial one? I don't believe in it and let them out for good behavior? That's what they were put in their for in for. Good behavior, just for doing what they're supposed to do? They get rewarded? Nuts!" Kirkegaard's father Ron Johnson said.
As for any relationship between Kryger and Kirkegaard, Brian Johnson says there was none.
"He picked my sister at random because he has a (bleep) girlfriend that lives in the same neighborhood as my sister, you can't tell me she didn't know he was evil," Brian Johnson said.
Kryger is charged with three counts of murder, two counts of rape and burglary. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.