Attorneys debate role of handgun in Aquash case

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The defense attorney for a man charged in the 1975 murder of an American Indian Movement activist says jurors should not hear about his client’s previous shooting death conviction.

Richard “Dickie” Marshall, 57, and John Graham, 52, are scheduled to go on trial May 12 in U.S. District Court in connection with the fatal shooting of Annie Mae Aquash, whose body was found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in February 1976.

Federal prosecutors have said they plan to introduce trial evidence regarding Marshall’s killing of Martin Montileaux on March 1, 1975, in a Scenic bar. Prosecutors said the Montileaux and Aquash cases are related because Marshall had the opportunity to provide the .32-caliber revolver that was confiscated after the Montileaux killing for the shooting of Aquash in December 1975.


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