Two arrests made in Minnehaha County homicide investigation

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO)– Two Sioux Falls men face two counts of murder charge and two other charges each in connection with the death of a man earlier this week.

The body of 30-year-old Cody Allen Schmidt was found in a ditch near Wall Lake on Monday. Someone checking on cattle came across the body near the intersection of Highway 42 and 464th Avenue.

An autopsy was done on Tuesday.

Captain Josh Phillips says suspects Luis Antonio Rodriguez, 27, and Adam Christopher Sorbel, 38, are both from Sioux Falls.

The two men are charged with two counts of murder in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree and committing a felony with a firearm.

Court documents say Rodriguez and Sorbel took Schmidt to the 2500 block of 464th Avenue in rural Sioux Falls where Schmidt was shot several times at around 11:15 p.m. on Aug. 2.

Schmidt had apparently stolen Sorbel’s cell phone and Sorbel and Rodriguez found it when they searched him earlier that night, according to the affidavit for arrest.

Sorbel told police the original plan was to strip Schmidt naked and make him walk back to town, according to the affidavit for arrest.

Court documents include descriptions of events that happened that night including a shoplifting incident at 9:42 p.m. at a convenience store that involved Schmidt and Sorbel.

While those two men are in custody, Phillips says there could be additional arrests in the future.

If you have information on the case, you can either call Crime Stoppers or the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s office with information.

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