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Not guilty plea entered in fatal Christmas Eve shooting

January 5, 2021 GMT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man charged in a fatal shooting in Rapid City on Christmas Eve has pleaded not guilty to charges.

Elias Richard, 21, entered the plea Monday to second-degree murder in the death of Vernall Marshall. The 31-year-old Rapid City man was killed during a robbery, according to police.

Three others are charged with aiding and abetting first-degree robbery.

Pennington County Judge Todd Hyronimus set Richard’s bond at $250,000 cash. If convicted, Richard faces a mandatory punishment of life in prison without the chance of parole, the Rapid City Journal reported.

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The investigation began after someone called 911 just after 11 p.m. on Dec. 24 to report they heard gunshots. Police said officers arrived and found the victim lying in the street.

Police spokesman Brendyn Medina said Marshall had multiple bullet wounds to his upper body and died at the hospital.

Marshall was the 12th victim of a homicide in 2020 in Rapid City and at least one other death is being investigated as a possible homicide.​