Thursday, August 28, 2008

Marty J. Jackley Announces the Indictment of Richard Marshall for Aiding and Abetting First Degree Murder

"[Richard] Marshall, the bodyguard of American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Russell Means in 1975, has been accused by federal witnesses close to the case of having provided the gun for which Aquash was killed."---Paul DeMain, News From Indian Country

Here is the text of U.S Attorney Marty J. Jackley's press release announcing the indictment of Vine Richard Marshall for aiding and abetting the December 1975 murder of the Canadian Indian Anna May Aquash:

Second Indictment Issued for Anna Mae Pictou Aquash Murder Announced
August 26, 2008
Rapid City, SD

US Attorney Marty J. Jackley announced that a Rapid City man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for aiding and abetting in the first degree murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash on or about December 12, 1975. Vine Richard Marshall aka Dick Marshall, was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 20, 2008, for aiding and abetting first degree murder. He appeared before US Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on August 26, 2008, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The penalty upon conviction is mandatory life imprisonment. The charge is merely an accusation and Marshall is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. US Attorney Marty Jackley stated that, “this investigation remains open and I am, therefore, not providing further information at this time.” Fritz Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham aka John Boy Patton have been previously charged by separate indictment for committing and aiding and abetting in the first degree murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. In February 2004, Looking Cloud was convicted for his role in the offense. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in April 2004. Graham’s jury trial is presently scheduled to commence in Rapid City on October 6, 2008. The investigation is being conducted by the FBI. US Attorney Marty Jackley and Assistant US Attorney Robert A. Mandel are prosecuting the case. Marshall was remanded to the custody of the US Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set. # # #

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