Psych evaluation continues to delay Rapid City attempted murder - KOTA Territory News

Psych evaluation continues to delay Rapid City attempted murder trial

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A Rapid City attempted murder case is on hold until a psychiatric evaluation is complete.      

Elijah White Magpie, 21, is charged with attempted pre–meditated first degree murder, aggravated assault on a police officer and two counts of intentional damage to public property.

His attorney, public defender Dan Leon said Monday that all requested records have been sent to the Human Services Center in Yankton. No time frame is set for when the final written report will be returned.

Pennington County State's Attorney Mark Vargo calls the wait frustrating but necessary in order to move toward trial.

White Magpie was shot by a Rapid City police officer in February after he allegedly threatened officers with a knife outside the Rapid City Public Library.  

If convicted on all charges, White Magpie faces a maximum sentence of 51 years in prison.

The next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 28 in front of Judge Janine Kern.

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