User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


62° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Judge Sets $1 Million Bond For Murder Suspect

April 17, 2014, 6:03 PM by Brady Mallory

Judge Sets $1 Million Bond For Murder Suspect
John Senn

CANTON, SD -

A Lincoln County judge has set bond at $1 million for the man accused of stabbing a Sioux Falls woman to death. 41-year-old John Senn faces murder, robbery, and burglary charges. 

Police arrested Senn on Wednesday after they found 53-year-old Brenda Hansen dead in her home. 

Senn sat quietly in court, as the judge read him his list of charges.  He could face life in prison.  The death penalty is also a possibility if he is found guilty of pre-meditated murder. 

"Initial reports were of a woman who had been in an altercation and was bleeding," Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel said.

Barthel said Hansen had been stabbed several times when officers found her.  Police are still looking for the knife.

"It's possible the knife may be in like a grocery-type bag, possibly a HyVee bag and there may actually be some gloves along with that.  Likely the knife would have blood on it.  We would ask the public, if they happen to come across it, not to touch it," Barthel said.

The Sioux Falls Police Department was able to locate the weapon and gloves used in the crime. They will bring further updates at Friday's briefing.

As for the man accused of using the weapon, Barthel said it only took 30 minutes to find and arrest Senn.  Officers arrested him at a home he was staying at about three miles away from where the crime happened.  Hansen had roommates who saw the suspect leaving the home and wrote down a license plate number from his car.  Barthel said it appears Senn stole oxycontin pills from Hansen's house.

"There was somewhat of a drug connection there.  Whether or not there was an actual drug dealing, or that sort of thing happening in the residence, it's hard to say at this point," Barthel said.

Barthel said it appears Senn had been to Hansen's home on prior occasions, and the two knew each other.  However, he added the two were not dating, but did not confirm how they were acquainted.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what exactly happened.

"It's an unfortunate incident.  Our hearts certainly go out to the Hansen family," Barthel said.

Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman said more charges could come as the investigation continues.  Senn will be in court on April 29.

A memorial fund has been set up for Brenda Hansen's family at any Home Federal bank.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

DCI Looking Into Discovery Of Woman's Body

7/21/2014 4:00 PM

The discovery of a woman's body in Kimball has prompted an investigation by South Dakota law enforcement authorities.

Full Story
Sioux Falls Man Killed In Industrial Accident

7/21/2014 2:22 PM

An investigation is underway into the death of a Sioux Falls man in an industrial accident.

Full Story
Body Identified: No Foul Play Suspected

7/22/2014 8:56 PM

No foul play is suspected in the death of 64 year-old Susanna K. Bannwarth. The Fulton woman was reported missing Monday morning. Her body was f...

Full Story
Car Versus Bike Crash Near 41st And Marion

7/23/2014 4:39 PM

A car versus bike crash happened at the intersection of 41st Street and Larch Avenue.

Full Story
Missing Woman Located

7/23/2014 6:19 PM

Tori Jean Bruggeman has been located by police. Authorities are working to get her reunited with family.

Full Story


Events