Accused murderer to represent himself in court
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - James Jumping Eagle is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree rape in the death of a Rapid City woman in February of 2021.
During a motion hearing today Thursday, Jumping Eagle requested a dismal of counsel and to be allowed to represent himself in the case.
His trial is set to begin in September and if convicted he faces a mandatory life sentence.
Jumping Eagle is already facing 10 years in federal prison after he was convicted last year of failing to register as a sex offender.
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