UPDATE: Milbank man charged with killing brother, pregnant sister in law

December 17, 2021

MILBANK, S.D. (AP, KWAT News) — A Milbank man is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in connections with the deaths of a married couple and their unborn child.

Authorities say 57-year-old Brent Hanson (pictured) is accused of killing Clyde Hanson and Jessica Hanson, whose bodies were found in their Milbank home Wednesday morning.

Milbank police say Jessica Hanson was pregnant. Brent and Clyde Hanson are brothers.

Brent Hanson had a previous scuffle with the couple in July where he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and domestic violence.

Brent Hanson allegedly pushed around the couple after an argument over the care for Jessica Hanson’s dog. 

The bodies of the victims were discovered after Milbank police were called to conduct a welfare check on them at their residence. 

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and Grant County Sheriff’s Office are assisting in the ongoing investigation.