ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The city of Aberdeen has denied a taxicab license to a man charged with manslaughter in another man's death last year.

Bradley Quist has pleaded not guilty to felony manslaughter in the May 2015 death of 61-year-old Ronald Witchey, who authorities say died from blunt-force trauma to the face and head.

The American News reports Quist applied for a cab driver's license, telling the City Council on Monday that "I need a job" and that he had once run a trucking company.

Police Chief Dave McNeil told the council that he thought giving Quist a license would not be in the interest of public safety, due to Quist's criminal history.

Quist unsuccessfully argued to the council that he has "good moral character."

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