Bond Set At $1 Million For Murder Suspect


$1 million dollars cash, that’s the bond for the man accused of shooting and killing one man and critically injuring another. 

24-year-old Abraham Darsaw made his first court appearance Tuesday.  He’s not the only one facing charges in connection with the deadly shooting. 

Investigators believe Darsaw had help in hiding from police following Sunday night’s shooting at Falls Park. They say that help came from an 18-year-old woman. 

Darsaw walked to court charged with second degree murder and first degree manslaughter. 

Thanks to tips from the public and police work, officers arrested Darsaw around 7:30 last night on North Prairie Avenue, just a block from the Terrace Park pool.

“This was a coordinated effort with a lot of follow-up and a little bit of information that came in to be able to figure out roughly where he was at to make the arrest,” Lt. Kyle Hoekstra said. 

Investigators say this all started with a group of people at a barbecue just north of Falls Park on Sunday night. 

Police say a fight broke out between Darsaw and the victim. That’s when they say Darsaw shot and killed a 25-year-old man and critically injured another man, who remains hospitalized.  

The investigation revealed, following the shooting, Darsaw sought out help. 

“It was learned that Darsaw was receiving assistance from a Sioux Falls resident; a female,” Hoekstra said. 

That female, who is now charged with accessory to second degree murder, is 18-year-old Essence Becker. She cried on her way to court. 

Prosecutors say Darsaw contacted Becker and she was making arrangements for him to leave town. 

While two people are charged, police say they’re still investigating and more arrests are possible. 

“We are still looking for the assistance of any potential witnesses, anybody who has information we’d ask that they come forward,” Hoekstra said. 

Becker’s bond was set at $5,000 cash.

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