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PennCo State's Attorney pushes back Morrison case decision to November

Pennington County Administration Building
Lee Strubinger
Pennington County Administration Building

Officials with the Pennington State’s Attorney’s office said they’re pushing back an announcement on charging decisions in the Acey Morrison homicide case.

The transgender Native American woman was shot and killed over a year ago. She was shot in the home of a man who is claiming self-defense.

Recent updates to state law make it harder for prosecutors to charge defendants who claim self-defense. The state’s stand your ground laws are like those in Florida.

State’s Attorney Lara Roetzel said she would make an announcement this month, following an unrelated six-week murder trial. That trial was postponed due to a compromised lead witness.

A spokesperson for the office said they won’t have any information on the Morrison case until the second week of November.

Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.
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