Scotland Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Scotland Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of killing three people in Scotland in early November has pled not guilty by reason of insanity.

41-year-old Francis Lange of Scotland appeared in Bon Homme County Court Tuesday for his arraignment on multiple charges, including three counts of first-degree murder.

In addition to the murder charges, Lange pled not guilty to two charges of attempted murder, two charges of aggravated assault, and two charges of commission of a felony while armed with a firearm.

Court documents indicate that Lange killed his ex-girlfriend Angela Monclova at her house. He’s also accused of killing Librado Monclova and Diane Akins, along with injuring Vicki Monclova and a 5-year-old girl. Angela and Librado died at the scene while Diane died at the Scotland Hospital.

Lange, in court Tuesday, waived his right to a speedy trial. Judge Cheryle Gering set August 24th of 2022 for a pre-trial hearing in the case. If the case goes to a jury trial, the jury will be picked in the middle of October 2022.

Gehring also set a deadline of February 28th for the South Dakota Attorney General’s office to decide if they want to pursue the death penalty against Lange.

Lange is currently being held on a $2 million cash-only bond.