Saturday, February 13, 2010

Aquash Murder Trial Delayed Until April 13

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol has postponed the federal murder trial of Richard Marshall, the former bodyguard of American Indian Movement (AIM) thug Russell Means, until April 13, 2010.

Marshall---a previously convicted killer who served time for the murder of Martin Mountileaux in the men's room of a Scenic, South Dakota, bar---allegedly provided the Canadian Indian triggerman John Graham with the gun that was used to execute the Canadian Indian Anna Mae Aquash [scroll down] in December 1975 on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

The alleged shooter Graham and another alleged accomplice, Thelma Rios, will be tried by the state of South Dakota because neither fits the legal definition of an American Indian.

The American Indian Arlo Looking Cloud has already been convicted of the Aquash murder.

According to a press release (9-10-09) from the South Dakota Attorney General's office:

Graham was indicted on one count of felony murder in relation to kidnapping, one count of felony murder in relation to rape and one count of premeditated murder. Rios was indicted on one count of felony murder in relation to kidnapping and one count of premeditated murder. The indictment charges that Graham and Rios murdered Anna Mae Aquash on or about December 10-12, 1975.

Factual information about the murder of Anna Mae Aquash can be found in American Indian Mafia by Joseph and John Trimbach. Joe Trimbach is the former Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis office of the FBI.

The Rapid City Journal (2-11-10) reports:

A federal judge has postponed the trial of a man charged in the 1975 killing of a fellow American Indian Movement activist on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Richard Marshall is charged with murder and aiding and abetting in the death of Annie Mae Aquash (AH'-kwash). Marshall's trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday in Rapid City.

But defense attorney Dana Hanna filed a motion to delay the proceedings and U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol agreed Thursday night to move the trial to April 13.

Hanna says he needs more time to review last-minute information from the Denver Police Department, which investigated the killing and later destroyed some of the evidence.

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