RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man set for a murder trial in two weeks is preparing to maintain that he acted in self-defense.

Twenty-six-year-old Nathan Chase is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 30-year-old Jeremy Little at a Rapid City motel in January.

Chase maintains his innocence and is set for a four-day trial in Pennington County beginning Oct. 23.

The Rapid City Journal reports that defense attorney Ellery Grey is seeking to include hearsay information at the trial from Little’s mother, who has since died. Grey says the information supports his client’s self-defense argument.

Chase remains jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail. He faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted.

Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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