Resentencing trial set for SD murder suspect

Posted: Wednesday, January 05, 2011

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A resentencing trial has been scheduled to begin July 5 for an Alaska man who pleaded guilty to murdering a South Dakota man about 11 years ago.

KEVN-TV reports that the trial for Briley Piper is scheduled to last a month.

Piper pleaded guilty in 2001 to killing 19-year-old Chester Allan Poage near Spearfish in March 2000. The South Dakota Supreme Court in 2009 overturned the Anchorage man’s death sentence, ruling a jury and not a judge should have decided if Piper got death or life in prison.

Two other men were involved in Poage’s killing. One was executed in 2007 and another was sentenced to life in prison.

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