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UPDATE: The following is a release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:
County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Daniel Ray Gukeisen (DOB 9/16/71) has been indicted for manslaughter in connection with the stabbing death of a 22-year-old man in Tempe.
According to the probable cause statement filed by Tempe Police Gukeisen got into an argument with the victim on September 26, 2008. The argument started because the victim and a friend woke up the suspect as the two men were in front of Gukeisen's town home just before 2 a.m.
The probable cause statement goes on to say that Gukeisen got into a fight with the victim and moments later the victim was found with a stab wound and later died at the hospital.
Tempe Police investigated and submitted the case to the County Attorney's Office. On January 7, 2009 a grand jury indicted Gukeisen on a single count of Manslaughter, a class 2 dangerous felony. Deputy County Attorney Paul Kittredge is prosecuting the case.
"We will seek justice for the victim of this homicide," Thomas said.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 1
TEMPE -- The man arrested in connection with the murder of an Arizona State University student is a former prosecutor from South Dakota.
Dan Gukeisen, 37, had been working as a bankruptcy attorney in Phoenix.
Witnesses said that last week he got into a fight with Garrett Hohn, 22, as Hohn and a friend walked home from a club in downtown Tempe.
Hohn was stabbed to death during Sept. 26 altercation. Gukeisen was arrested after police served a search warrant at his home.
Police have not said what sparked the fight as they were getting conflicting information.
Prior to moving to Arizona, Gukeisen had served as a deputy state attorney in Lawrence County and state attorney in Davison County, South Dakota.
UPDATE: Tempe police have arrested Dan Ray Gukeisen, 37, for second degree murder for the stabbing death of Garrett Hohn, 22.
Police said after conducting interviews in the investigation they learned that Hohn and his 21-year-old friend were walking on First Street when they became involved in a verbal altercation with Gukeisen. The altercation then became physical.
A search warrant at the Gukeisen's home gave probable cause for the arrest.
Police are not sure why the altercation started as both parties are giving conflicting reports.
Tempe police said the incident appears to be a random and isolated incident and no more outstanding suspects.
If you have any information that could help the investigation you are asked to call Tempe police at 480-350-8311.
ORIGINAL: TEMPE -- Police are talking to "people of interest" in the deadly overnight stabbing of a young man in Tempe.
It happened at about 2 a.m. at Fifth Street and Farmer Avenue, which is near Mill Avenue and University Drive.
According to police, two men in their ealry 20s were walking home from the Mill Avenue Downtown District when they apparently got into was some kind of argument with a man who was in the area of a nearby apartment complex.
The argument turned physical and ended with the stabbing. It's not yet clear what sparked the argument.
The young man who was stabbed was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.
The man who was walking with the stabbing victim was not hurt.
At this point, police do know think the victim knew the person who stabbed him.
Police surrounded the apartment complex and pulled out several people.
Sgt. Steve Carbajal said investigators are talking to two "persons of interest" to try and determine their involvement in the incident.
So far, no arrests have been made.
Police said they do not known if any of the people involved in the incident is affiliated with ASU.
Because the investigation is ongoing, police are not releasing any names at this time.
Anybody with information about this incident is asked to call the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.