Friday was day 4 in the murder trial of Devon Pulczinski, charged in the death of Alexandra Jo Ellingson. Thursday court had been in recess.
After lunch on Friday, the State called Noah Hawkins to the stand who had received immunity for his testimony
Hawkins and Pulchinski were mixed martial arts fighting friends and hung out a lot doing drugs and practicing martial-arts moves-including chokeholds.
After the search warrant, Hawkins tried to get a hold of Pulczinski on Facebook, Pulczinski said he was ok after the raid. Pulczinski asked Hawkins to help him out, and asked “if he was down to trash someone.” Pulczinski asked Hawkins again “do you want to go beat someone up?”
Nothing was done that day, and Hawkins texted him “about a mission” and received the names, and he told Pulchinski that the two guys were fine, but he wanted nothing to do with the female. Pulczinski had told him, “that’s ok”.
That afternoon at Pulcziznki’s apartment; he, Hawkins, and Alexandra Ellingson were preparing to do drugs when Pulczinski came up behind her with an extension cord. Ellingson said to Pulczinski “I’m sorry Devon, let me go.” Pulczinski pulled her backward as Ellingson looked to Hawkins for help. Ellingson was grabbing at the cord, fighting back. Then something changed in Pulczinski, he did a rear chokehold. Ellingson kicked the coffee table in front of Hawkins then fell face down with Pulczinski on top of her. Hawkins testified then that Pulczinski said, “hand me a bag.” Ellingson died soon after that.
Pennington County Sheriff Deputy John Erickson was the last to take the stand for the day.
He was a corrections officer and worked in the jail. He was told that Colton Reese and Devon Pulchinski were to have no contact. Deputy Erickson was bringing Reese back from court, when Pulczinski was headed to court. He turned Reese around until Pulcziniski was put back into his cell. When corrections staff brought Reese back and walked in front of Pulczinski’s pod, the Corrections officer thought he saw a gesture from Pulczinski. After Reese was put in his cell, a corrections video was viewed and-when Reese walked by- Pulchinski gave the hand gesture of “zip your lips”, it was a confirmed motion.