Friday, June 20, 2008

Lawyers want delay in S.D. AIM slaying trial

Associated Press - June 18, 2008 2:04 PM ET

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Lawyers for the prosecution and defense are asking a federal judge to delay the trial of a Canadian man charged with killing a fellow American Indian Movement member.

John Graham is scheduled to stand trial in September in Rapid City for the 1975 slaying of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Attorneys have now asked that the two-week trial start in October.

Another man, Fritz Arlo Looking Cloud, was convicted of killing Aquash in 2004 and sentenced to a life prison term.

Witnesses said that he, Graham and another AIM member drove Aquash from Denver and that Graham shot Aquash as she begged for her life.

Graham denies killing her.

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