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Looking Cloud case goes to jury

Associated Press (AP)
Friday, February 6, 2004, 12:54PM

Jurors in the Arlo Looking Cloud murder trial have begun deliberations.
The prosecutor and defense lawyer gave closing arguments this morning. The jury got the case shortly after noon (Mountain time).

Looking Cloud and another former American Indian Movement member, John Graham, are charged in the December 1975 slaying of Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash, whose frozen body was found in February 1976 on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Graham is free on bond in Canada and has said he will fight extradition.

This morning, US Attorney Jim McMahon told jurors the case boiled down to the fact that Pictou-Aquash was shot in the head and Looking Cloud was there, helping.

Defense lawyer Tim Rensch argued that the government needed to prove his client wanted Aquash to die. Rensch says there's been no evidence to support that.

Looking Cloud and Graham are charged with first-degree murder committed in the perpetration of a kidnapping.


Copyright Associated Press (AP) 2004