More information emerges about murder suspect

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 6:12 PM CST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - There’s new information about a Rapid City man accused of killing an 82-year-old woman on Feb. 10

That’s coming from a now unsealed federal court document. 45-year-old James Jumping Eagle is facing a federal charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

The affidavit in that case says Jumping Eagle was released from federal prison on Jan. 27 and given a shuttle ride to the Pennington County Jail on an outstanding warrant. He was released from jail on Feb. 4.

The affidavit says Jumping Eagle tried to turn himself in on other warrants on February 8th but was not booked into jail because no active warrants showed up in the records system.

The document says Jumping Eagle called police to say he would turn himself in on Feb. 9 but never did.

Reta McGovern was found murdered in her home on Feb. 10 and Jumping Eagle was arrested on the Pine Ridge Reservation on Feb. 20.

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