AIM slaying defendant Graham, wants more jury challenges

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) 12-08

One of the men set to stand trial in February for the 1975 slaying of a woman on the Pine Ridge Reservation wants more juror challenges.

John Graham and Richard Marshall have pleaded not guilty to charges they committed or aided and abetted the murder of Annie Mae Aquash

Graham’s lawyer said because of the extensive coverage of the killing in the media, books, television, movies and the Internet, each defendant should be allowed 15 peremptory challenges used to pick a jury.

Other issues likely to come up that could influence jurors include the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, the murder of two FBI agents, and the alleged membership of those involved with the American Indian Movement.

Both men also have different defense theories.