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Jordan LeBeau’s cause of death: Gunshot to the abdomen

The death certificate has been filed for the 20-year-old man killed 10 days ago in the second Sioux Falls homicide of 2013, and it includes a handful of interesting bits of information.

Jordan Duane LeBeau’s official death certificate lists his cause of death as a “gunshot wound of abdomen” and “assault with gun,” with the time of injury listed as 2:48 p.m. on Dec. 2 at his home.  The manner of death is listed as homicide.

LeBeau was shot to death on Dec. 2 at the home he shared with his father at 4205 N. Alaska Ave. in northwestern Sioux Falls.

Two Watertown teens are accused of breaking into the home that afternoon in an attempt to steal what they expected would be $100,000 in cash.

LeBeau’s father walked into the middle of the assault and robbery of his son, attacked the teens and wound up shot himself. Court records say the father watched the color drain from his son’s face.

Police now believe the two Watertown teens were put up to the robbery by two Dell Rapids men, one of whom was a business partner of LeBeau’s in a car restoration business.

The fact that LeBeau was shot in the abdomen is new information,* and it raises the gruesome possibility that the young man suffered enormously (although without knowing more specifics, we can’t be sure).

The three men and one teen charged in connection with the robbery gone wrong hadn’t been indicted as of Thursday morning, but they all remain incarcerated at the Minnehaha County Jail.

LeBeau’s funeral service is scheduled for Monday in Hartford, according to his Kinzley Funeral Home obituary. A prayer service is set for 7 p.m. the evening before. The obituary contains no further information.

*Correction: This post originally mischaracterized the hour of the police call to LeBeau’s address. Coroner Ken Snell’s report lists the time of injury as 2:48 p.m., which matches the police call. The “actual or presumed time of death” on the certificate is 2 p.m.

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