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Man convicted of fatally shooting teen won’t get new trial

July 17, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting a 13-year-old girl on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation awaits sentencing in October after a judge rejected his request for an acquittal or a new trial.

A federal jury in May 2017 found 29-year-old James Dowty of Pine Ridge guilty of second-degree murder and a firearms count in the killing of Te’Ca Clifford, who was walking with three friends in July 2016 when she was shot.

The Rapid City Journal reports that Dowty asked for the verdict to be overturned or to be granted a new trial, citing lack of evidence and questionable credibility of witnesses. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken upheld the conviction.

Dowty faces anywhere from 10 years to life in prison.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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