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John Graham and Thelma Rios Indicted on Murder Charges

John Graham and Thelma Rios Indicted on Murder Charges 

PIERRE, S.D.-    Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that John Graham, 54, Rapid City and Thelma Rios, 64, Rapid City, have been indicted today by a Pennington County Grand Jury.  Graham was indicted on one count of felony murder in relation to kidnapping, one count of felony murder in relation to rape and one count of premeditated murder. Rios was indicted on one count of felony murder in relation to kidnapping and one count of premeditated murder. The indictment charges that Graham and Rios murdered Anna Mae Aquash on or about December 10-12, 1975.

Graham and Rios are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The investigation is being conducted by the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.   Attorney General Marty Jackley, Assistant Attorney General Rod Oswald and Pennington County States Attorney Glenn Brenner are prosecuting the case.  

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