Jury Selected for Manslaughter Trial in Rapid City
A jury of nine men and five women, two of whom are alternates, will decide the fate of 30-year-old Charles Birdshead.
The Rapid City man is charged with felony manslaughter in the death of 33-year-old Eustacio Maruffo at the South Dakota Rose Inn on Jan. 7.
Prosecutors say Birdshead was at the motel to deal drugs. Birdshead’s attorney says he was the victim of a setup and that he acted in self-defense.
The trial is scheduled to last six days. Birdshead also is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenager. He will have a separate trial on that charge.
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