Journal staff | Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:00 pm | (0) Comments
Font Size:Default font sizeLarger font sizeJohn Graham and Richard “Dickie” Marshall are scheduled to stand trial in February on charges that they murdered American Indian Activist Annie Mae Aquash more than 30 years ago.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol has set Feb. 16 as the start of the trial, which is expected to last up to three weeks. Graham, 53, and Marshall, 58, both face charges in federal court of first-degree murder in connection with the 1975 slaying of Aquash, whose body was found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in February 1976.
Both men face life in prison without parole if convicted. A third man, Arlo Looking Cloud, was convicted of Aquash’s murder and is already serving a life term.
Graham and Marshall were supposed to go to trial several times previously but the case has been delayed because of legal issues regarding the indictment.
Meanwhile, Graham has been indicted on state charges connected to Aquash’s death. That trial is scheduled for March 1, although he has yet to be formally arraigned.