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US Supreme Court declines to hear Wyoming case

Riverton, Wyoming (AP) March 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a Northern Arapaho man’s claim that the state of Wyoming lacked authority to prosecute him for murder in his daughter’s death.

Andrew John Yellowbear Jr. is serving a life sentence in state prison in the 2004 beating death of 22-month-old Marcela Hope Yellowbear.

Both the Wyoming Supreme Court and U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of Cheyenne previously upheld Yellowbear’s murder conviction. They rejected Yellowbear’s argument that the area of Riverton where the girl was killed was legally still part of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The Riverton Ranger reports that the U.S. Supreme Court gave no reason for not considering Yellowbear’s case.




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