Wessington Springs homicide victim’s name released

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This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Caffee’s bond was changed from $1 million cash-only bond to no bond.

WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. (KELO) — Officials have released more information about the murder and hostage situation in Wessington Springs.

It turns out the man accused of murder has been in and out of jail for the last couple of months.

Police arrested Mitch Caffee for domestic abuse in August. He was arrested again last week and accused of violating a no contact order.

When he got out of jail, his alleged victim feared for her safety so she was staying with 90-year old Lorraine Redmann, who was a family member.

According to court papers, early Sunday morning Caffee forced his way into the home where the woman was staying and was armed with a gun. That’s when Redmann woke up and tried to get a phone to call for help. The affidavit says Caffee went into the elderly woman’s bedroom and shot her in the head.

Caffee claimed it was an accident and that he only wanted to talk.

Eventually, he let the other woman leave the house, and he surrendered.

Caffee is charged with murder, kidnapping, burglary and assault.

Caffee is in jail and has no bond.

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