Suspects Plead Guilty In Choking Death On South Dakota Woman

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Two defendants have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2016 strangling death of a 24-year-old South Dakota woman, but it’s still unclear who’s responsible.

The Rapid City Journal reports that Elizabeth LeBeau and Fred Quiver accuse each other of strangling Emily Bluebird with an electronics cord. Bluebird’s remains were found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation several weeks after her death.

Both LeBeau and Quiver’s accounts of what happened to Bluebird have been affirmed by the U.S. government. Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg Peterman says the defendants’ statements show they believe their accounts to be true because they were both intoxicated when the killing occurred.

District Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Viken could invalidate the defendants’ plea agreements and schedule them for a trial or accept the pleas and move forward with sentencing.

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