Man arrested in killing of 82-year-old Rapid City woman

February 21, 2021 GMT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of killing an 82-year-old woman in her Rapid City home was arrested on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Saturday evening.

James Jumping Eagle is charged with felony first-degree murder in the death Reta McGovern on Feb. 10, according to online court records.

A fugitive task force arrested Jumping Eagle about 8:45 p.m. Saturday at a home a couple of miles south of Manderson, according to Bob Ecoffey, chief of the Oglala Sioux Police. The suspect was apprehended without incident, the Rapid City Journal reported.


McGovern, who lived alone, was found dead with a laceration to her throat on Feb. 10. Police announced Friday that Jumping Eagle was identified as the suspect through forensic DNA and called it a targeted crime.

Law enforcement is still investigating why they believe Jumping Eagle decided to target McGovern and whether they knew each other. No further details about the killing have been released.

It wasn’t immediately known if Jumping Eagle had an attorney.