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Charges Filed In 2010 Sioux Falls Murder

May 22, 2012, 10:44 AM by Ben Dunsmoor
Updated: May 22, 2012, 12:16 PM

Charges Filed In 2010 Sioux Falls Murder
Letisha Morgan | Courtesy: Dallas Co, TX


A 34-year-old Texas woman has admitted to killing a Sioux Falls man nearly two years ago.

Tuesday morning Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel and the Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan announced that they have charged Letisha Morgan of Dallas with first degree murder for the 2010 killing of 52-year-old Howard Allen.

According to court documents filed Tuesday Morgan admitted to the killing earlier this month when she was arrested in Dallas in connection with another homicide investigation.

An affidavit says back in October of 2010 Morgan was living in an apartment on Marion Road with Howard Allen after the two met at The Banquet in Sioux Falls. Morgan is a transient from Texas and was kicked out of the Union Gospel Mission for not doing chores.

Morgan talked with police just days after Allen's body was discovered with 37 stab wounds but she never indicated that she had anything to do with the crime.

For nearly two years Sioux Falls Police have been in contact with Dallas authorities and when Morgan was arrested earlier this month and admitted to the stabbing Texas investigators contacted Sioux Falls Police and Morgan was charged with murder.

"The first degree murder charge that was filed today is the result of the tenacity and dedication of the Sioux Falls Police department and their commitment to bring this case to justice,” Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan said.

Court documents say Morgan used three different knives to stab Allen to death. When she was asked why she used several knives she said every time she used one it either bent or broke.

When investigators asked her why she confessed to the killing now she replied, "just trying to get it over and done with."

We'll have more on why Morgan says she killed Allen and details on her criminal past tonight on KELOLAND News.

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