South Dakota's highest court backs conviction in Aquash murder
Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012
The South Dakota Supreme Court today upheld the conviction of John Graham
for the 1975 murder of American Indian Movement
Mae Pictou Aquash
Graham, a Native man from Canada, was tried in state court for felony murder after efforts to prosecute him in federal court for premeditated murder were dismissed. He argued that his case shouldn't have been transferred because he was extradited from Canada on a different charge.
The court rejected the claim, noting that Canada consented to the charge in state court.
The court also said Graham lacked sufficient grounds to challenge Canada's waiver.
Graham raised other arguments, all of which were rejected by the court. The claims involved testimony provided by other people who were connected to Aquash's murder.
Aquash was murdered on the Pine Ridge Reservation but elements of the crime occurred off the reservation in Rapid City, for which Graham was prosecuted.
Get the Story:
SD court upholds conviction in 1975 AIM slaying
South Dakota Supreme Court Decision:
South Dakota v. Graham
(May 31, 2012)
Man convicted for 1975
Aquash murder argues for reversal
Native Sun News: Graham
sentenced for Aquash's murder in 1975
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