Man Charged In Murder Of Missing Yankton Woman

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Murder charges have been filed against a Norfolk, NE, man in connection with the death of a Yankton woman.

47-year-old Joseph Lloyd James has been indicted on four counts of murder, kidnapping and carjacking.  He’s accused of killing 59-year-old Phyllis Hunhoff back in November of last year. 

According to court papers, James was seen on surveillance video at the gas station at the Ohiya Casino getting out of Hunhoff’s white 2001 Honda Accord at 3:10 a.m. to pump gas.

At 5:51 a.m. the surveillance video shows James returning to the same gas station where he pumps $2.11 worth of gas into what appears to be a one liter soda bottle. 

Court papers say he went inside to pay and told the gas station attendant he had blood on his t-shirt from a deer he hit near Crofton, Neb.

At 7:30 a.m., James stopped at a house on the reservation asking for directions.  

When interviewed by authorities that person indicated she didn’t know James, but gave him a fresh t-shirt. 

Investigators were able to get a hold of his blood-stained t-shirt and had it tested for DNA, which they say matched Hunhoff’s DNA. 

Hunhoff had been reported missing by her family on November 4.

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