2 sisters plead not guilty to vandalizing Poet’s Table

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – Two sisters have pleaded not guilty to charges they vandalized a popular Black Hills hiking spot known as Poet’s Table.

Twenty-nine-year-old Skyler Anders and 27-year-old Shelby Johnson entered their pleas Tuesday to intentionally damaging property and petty theft, both misdemeanors. Trial is set for October.

The women’s attorney, Spearfish attorney Matt Kinney, told the Rapid City Journal the sisters were only doing what state park officials should have done years ago to the treasured hiking destination – tidy it up.

The spot was a secret when the table and chairs were placed there about 50 years ago, but has since become popular among hikers, including some who have left poems.

Video surfaced on social media in May showing two women sawing the table in half and carrying the pieces away.