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Bond Set For Teenage Murder Suspects

December 5, 2013, 5:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Bond Set For Teenage Murder Suspects
Brian Anderson | Trevor Kruthoff


Bond is set for the two Watertown teenagers accused of murdering a 20-year-old Sioux Falls man earlier this week.

Thursday during their first court appearances, a judge set bond for 18-year-old Brian Anderson at $1 million cash only. And set bond at $500,000 for 17-year-old Trevor Kruthoff. Even though the bond was less for Kruthoff, it didn't come without an argument.

17-year-old Trevor Kruthoff walked to court facing several felony charges, including first degree murder. He and 18-year-old Brian Anderson are accused of killing 20-year-old Jordan LeBeau in a robbery attempt gone bad.

Kruthoff admitted to his mother and a detective that he shot LeBeau. He also admitted shooting LeBeau's father in the arm.
According to court papers, he and Anderson went to the house on North Alaska Avenue because they heard LeBeau had $100,000 dollars cash.

In court today, prosecutors asked that Kruthoff be held on $1 million bond, just like Anderson.

"We asked for $1 million, because we felt this is a serious offense and that was an appropriate bond, even though he's 17-years-old, the facts that are alleged here are certainly egregious and based off that, we thought the $1 million was appropriate," Minnehaha County Deputy State's Attorney Amanda Eden said. 

But Kruthoff's defense lawyer asked for the bond to be reduced. Jeff Larson argued Kruthoff isn't a flight risk, because his parents, who were in court today, both have good jobs.  

Larson also called this an isolated incident, saying that Kruthoff was hanging around older people he shouldn't have been hanging around with.

The State argued that Kruthoff poses a danger to the community and should remain locked up.

"We always have concerns when crimes like this are committed that anybody could be a flight risk, but based off what we've seen, we just thought one million was an appropriate bond," Eden said.

If Kruthoff can post the $500,000 bail, the judge will allow him to live with his parents and allow him to attend school.

Two Dell Rapids men are also charged in connection with the case.

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