John Hult

John Hult

John is the senior reporter for South Dakota Searchlight. He has more than 15 years experience covering criminal justice, the environment and public affairs in South Dakota, including more than a decade at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

The Brown County jail is located in Aberdeen and connected to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and courthouse.

‘Stand your ground’ law alters criminal justice landscape

By: - June 18, 2023

South Dakota lawmakers talked of home invasions and mass shootings when they strengthened self-defense protections in recent years, but the new laws are being used in scenarios that bear little resemblance to those hypotheticals. Some situations don’t involve firearms, as with the Rapid City man accused of simple assault for taking down a 12-year-old boy […]

Missing persons posters for Robert “Berta” Enoch, who died shortly after being arrested on April 3, 2023.

Family left with questions after man dies in custody of rural sheriff’s office

By: - April 15, 2023

State investigators are reviewing the death of a man shortly after his arrest on April 3 by Charles Mix County sheriff’s deputies. Friends of 35-year-old Robert Dennis “Berta” Enoch have a host of questions about how someone who’d expressed a desire to get well and had secured a place at a treatment center just days […]