1975 AIM slaying defendant John Graham wants separate trial

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) 12-08

One of two men charged with the 1975 slaying of a woman on the Pine Ridge Reservation wants to be tried separately from the other defendant.

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

They are scheduled to stand trial in Rapid City starting Feb. 24, which is 33 years after her body was found in the Badlands near Wanblee.

According to a court document, prosecutors were told to show the judge which of Graham’s statements they plan to use as evidence before the judge decides whether to grant Graham’s request for a separate trial.

Arlo Looking Cloud was convicted in 2004 for his role in Aquash’s murder.