$1 million bond set in murder of Shayna Ritthaler near Sturgis

Shayna Ritthaler was found dead in a Sturgis-area home Monday, Oct. 7. (photo courtesy...
Shayna Ritthaler was found dead in a Sturgis-area home Monday, Oct. 7. (photo courtesy Moorcroft Police Department) (KOTA)
Published: Oct. 9, 2019 at 11:43 AM CDT
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A 17-year-old has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Shayna Ritthaler, a Wyoming 16-year-old who went missing Oct. 3.

Michael Gavin Campbell made his first appearance in Fourth Circuit Court in Sturgis Wednesday morning, where the judge set his bond at $1 million.

Campbell's attorneys asked for a $250,000 bond but Circuit Judge Kevin Krull set his bond at $1 million; saying the court finds the facts of the case particularly troubling.

In arguing bond, Meade County State's Attorney Michelle Bordewyk said that Campbell admitted to law enforcement that he and Ritthaler had an argument; the argument turned violent and he shot her.

The court sealed the probable cause affidavit in the case, cutting out access to details in the case.

Campbell is set for arraignment a week from today.

He's being charged as an adult but since he's a juvenile he can't be sentenced to life in prison if he's convicted but can only be sentenced to a set number of years.

Ritthaler was last seen last Thursday getting into a vehicle at the Coffee Cup in Moorcroft, Wyo. She was found dead Monday in a home in the Blucksberg community near Sturgis.

Original story

A missing Wyoming teen is dead and another juvenile arrested in Sturgis, according to a release from the Meade County Sheriff’s Office.

Monday, the body of a young female was discovered in a basement bedroom of a home in the Blucksberg area, near Sturgis. The Meade County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday night that she is the missing Wyoming teenager, 16-year-old Shayna Ritthaler.

Police did not release how the teen died. An autopsy is pending for later this week.

The suspect in Shayna's death is confined in the Juvenile Services Center in Rapid City. Criminal charges are pending. The juvenile’s name is not being released at this time.

Meade County sheriff’s deputies and agents from the state Division of Criminal Investigations performed the search in the Blucksberg home. The search was done based on information from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, which was working with the Deadwood and Moorcroft police departments.

Ritthaler went missing Oct. 3 after she was last seen getting into a car in Moorcroft, Wyo. Police believed at that time she was probably in the Deadwood or Sturgis area.