By Denver Private Investigator Blogger Emily Palm
RAPID CITY, South Dakota – A federal jury late last month returned a not-guilty verdict against a man charged in a 35-year-old murder conspiracy that began with an alleged kidnapping in Denver.
Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before acquitting Richard Marshal of charges that he supplied a gun to the killers of American Indian Activist Anna Mae Aquash, whose body was found in April of 1976 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Marshall’s court-appointed attorney, Dana Hanna, noted that it’s a widely held belief that Native Americans such as Marshall cannot get a fair trial in front of an all-white jury. “We have proved them wrong today,” he said after the verdict.
Federal prosecutors alleged that the plot to kill Aquash was implemented in Denver, when she was taken against her will by her killers in late 1975. Marshall attorney Hanna retained Ryan Ross of Ross Investigators to undertake the Denver-based aspects of the investigation.