SD Supreme Court: Rogers and Diaz Convictions And Mark Black Firing Upheld

Nov 23, 2016

James Rogers, inmate at SD State Penitentiary
Credit SD Department of Corrections

The South Dakota Supreme Court usually makes new opinions public on Thursdays. But because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the opinions came out a day early this week.

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, the court upheld five criminal convictions, as well as the firing of former DCI agent Mark Black.

One of the convictions upheld was that of Maricela Diaz, who took part in a cruel murder in Mitchell when she was 15 years old. Her appeal was heard in October.

Another conviction upheld was that of a Lead man for murdering his girlfriend. Those arguments were made earlier this month. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has more on that case.