Lawyers want SD murder resentencing moved

Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2011

DEADWOOD, S.D. — Lawyers for an Alaska man set to be sentenced a second time for murdering a South Dakota man about 11 years ago want the trial moved.

Defense attorney Robert Van Norman says Briley Piper can’t get a fair hearing in western South Dakota’s Lawrence County because of media coverage. He wants the July trial moved to the eastern part of the state.

The Black Hills Pioneer reports that prosecutor John Fitzgerald opposes the idea.

Piper pleaded guilty to killing 19-year-old Chester Allan Poage near Spearfish in March 2000 and was sentenced to death. The state Supreme Court later ruled that a jury and not a judge should have decided Piper’s fate.

Another man involved in the killing was executed and a third got life in prison.

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