South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says 14 jurors were chosen Wednesday for the murder trial of Jeremiah Peacemaker of Watertown.

Nine men and five women will make up the final 12-member jury with two alternates. They were selected to hear the trial which starts with opening arguments Monday morning at the Codington County Courthouse in Watertown.

The charges stem from the evening hours of September 2, 2020, when police in Watertown were called to an apartment to conduct a welfare check. Inside, they located Owen’s body, noting she appeared to have been dead for several days.

Peacemaker’s lawyers will argue someone else was responsible for the murder.

The Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case with the assistance of the Codington County State’s Attorney’s Office.


February 22, 2024