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SD Justices Hear Appeal In Shotgun Shooting

The South Dakota Supreme Court is in session this week, and on Wednesday justices heard an appeal from a man convicted of first-degree manslaughter for shooting a gun while he was being assaulted. Charles Birdshead was sentenced to 45 years in prison. His attorney says instructions to the jury were flawed and evidence of his prior crimes was improperly admitted.

Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.