Judge grants delay in 1975 reservation slaying trial

Rapid City, South Dakota (AP) Feb. 2010

The attorney for a man charged in the 1975 killing in South Dakota of a fellow American Indian Movement activist says next week's trial should be postponed.

Richard Marshall of Rapid City has pleaded not guilty in federal court to murder and aiding and abetting in the death of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash. Authorities say she died from a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Defense attorney Dana Hanna says in court documents filed Feb.  11 that he needs a continuance so he can review information recently provided by the government. It involves evidence from the Denver Police Department.

Authorities say three AIM members drove Aquash from Denver to Rapid City, where she was held against her will and questioned about whether she was an FBI informant before being killed.

The trial scheduled to begin February 16 in Rapid City was delayed and rescheduled to start April 13.