SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man has been released on bond after pleading not guilty to a fatal stabbing.

Jeremy Lillich, 44, entered his plea late Wednesday to one count of involuntary manslaughter. He posted a $2,000 bond and was released from the Woodbury County Jail. No trial date has been set, but a pretrial conference was scheduled for March 16 in Woodbury County District Court.

Lillich was arrested Wednesday after being paroled to detainer from the Clarinda Correctional Facility, where he had been serving a 10-year prison sentence on a drug conviction. He remains under supervision of the 3rd Judicial District's probation/parole office.

A grand jury in November indicted Lillich in connection with the June 3 stabbing death of James R.D. Purcell, 21, of Sioux City.

Police responding to a disturbance involving a large group of people at 420 17th St. learned that Purcell had been stabbed and later died from his injuries. Police at the time said they believed the incident started as a fight over an alleged theft.

According to the grand jury charge, Lillich "unintentionally caused the death of another person by the commission of an act in a manner likely to cause death or serious injury."

According to Iowa Corrections Department records, Lillich was out on parole at the time of the stabbing. His parole was revoked on June 27 and he was returned to prison.

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