Ex-suspect testifies in AIM activist slaying trial

By Nomaan Merchant
Rapid City, South Dakota (AP) December 2010

A former suspect in the slaying of an American Indian Movement activist has testified in the trial of the man accused of shooting her, saying he doesn't remember much about the night prosecutors say he met her.

Richard Marshall was found not guilty in April of supplying the .32-caliber pistol used to kill activist Annie Mae Aquash in late 1975. A judge required Marshall to speak at the trial of John Graham, who's accused of using the pistol to kill Aquash.

Prosecutors believe Graham and two other AIM activists stopped at Marshall's South Dakota home with Aquash shortly before Graham shot Aquash and left her to die.

But Marshall says he didn't provide the gun or keep weapons in his house and he doesn't remember meeting with the activists.


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