Jury selected in fatal drug shooting case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A jury has been selected to hear the case against a Sioux Falls man accused in a fatal drug deal that left two men dead.

Opening statements and testimony for Manuel Frias’ trial however, won’t begin until Monday, mostly due to the availability of witnesses.

The 36-year-old Frias is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Samuel Crockett.

Prosecutors say Frias, Corey Zephier and Crystal Habben planned to rob Crockett during a drug deal in January 2018. Frias is accused of shooting Crockett after Crockett killed Zephier during the hold up.

The 28-year-old Crockett died at a hospital. The 30-year-old Zephier died at the scene of the shooting. Habben pleaded guilty to being an accessory to a felony, was sent to prison and is now on parole.

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