Friend of slain AIM activist suggests FBI to blame

Rapid City, South Dakota (AP) December 2010

A witness testified last week that she believes the FBI could have had a role in the death of a slain American Indian Movement activist.

Candy Hamilton spoke during the trial of John Graham, who's accused of shooting Annie Mae Aquash and leaving her to die on South Dakota's Pine Ridge reservation in late 1975.

Hamilton said Aquash feared federal agents. When a prosecutor asked Hamilton if she thought an FBI agent on Pine Ridge could have killed Aquash, Hamilton said that the agent "didn't pull the trigger, but I think he could make it happen."

Hamilton also said she heard AIM members questioning Aquash in Rapid City shortly before she died. Prosecutors believe Graham and two other AIM members killed Aquash because AIM leaders thought she was a government spy.

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