By Red Power Media, Staff
Two people accused of murdering a Pine Ridge woman pleaded not guilty
A man and a woman from Pine Ridge charged in the death of Emily Blue Bird on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 23-year-old Elizabeth LeBeau is charged with first-degree murder, and 29-year-old Fred Quiver is charged with being an accessory. Quiver also goes by Fred Brings Plenty.
Blue Bird, a 24-year-old mother of two was missing for nearly three weeks. Her body was discovered in a creek near Pine Ridge.
Frustrated by a lack of progress in the search by law enforcement, Carla Cheyenne, Blue Bird’s aunt, said her husband, Tom, chairman of the Grassroots Chapter of the American Indian Movement, organized the search party that found her body on Jan 21st.
The relationship between LeBeau and Quiver isn’t clear. It’s also not clear how they knew Blue Bird.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Blue Bird had been strangled sometime in the first three days of January.
Social media postings reported Blue Bird was last seen New Year’s Day evening at the Yellow Bird convenience store between Pine Ridge Village and the Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel.
Condolences for her family, her babies, and her friends.