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  • Aquash murder trial delayed until jurisdictional issues resolved

    By Carson Walker
    Rapid City, South Dakota (AP)

    A federal judge on May 5 delayed the trial of two former American Indian Movement activists until a higher court rules on an appeal over his dismissal of one of the three counts in the indictment.

    The ruling from U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol came one week before John Graham and Richard Marshall were to stand trial for the December 1975 slaying of Annie Mae Aquash. Her body was found in February 1976 in South Dakota's Badlands on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

    Marshall and a prosecutor had requested a 60-day delay, but Piersol's ruling sets no specific date. He said he will set a new trial date after a ruling from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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