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(SD)-Pine Ridge Murder Defendants Claim Arrests Illegal

By: John Axtell Posted at: 06/13/2018 01:49 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Two defendants in a Rapid City killing last October have asked a judge to throw out evidence they say was obtained after they were illegally arrested on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

      22-year-old Maricelo Garcia is charged with murder in the death of Clinton Farlee while 20-year old Cierra Walks is accused of being an accessory in the fatal shooting following an argument..
     Lawyers for Garcia and Walks say the arrests were illegal because they were made in Indian Country using state warrants.

      Pennington County prosecutors maintain the arrests were lawful because they were executed through a task force coordinated by the U.S. Marshals Service that deputizes local law enforcement under federal law to pursue state fugitives.

      The judge isn't expected to rule until August.


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