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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 29, 2013

Porcupine Man Pleads Not Guilty To Second Degree Murder

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Porcupine, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Second Degree Murder.

Lawrence Red Shirt, age 27, was indicted on November 19, 2013.  Red Shirt appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on November 26, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to Red Shirt killing another man by stabbing him multiple times on November 8, 2013, at Rocky Ford.

The charge is merely an accusation and Red Shirt is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich is prosecuting the case.

Red Shirt was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for February 4, 2014.

Updated June 22, 2015