User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


62° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Botched Drug Deal Leads To Charges

January 15, 2013, 6:01 PM by Derek Olson

Botched Drug Deal Leads To Charges
Charles Birdshead

RAPID CITY, SD -

A man who authorities say is responsible for last week's deadly shooting in Rapid City made his first court appearance on Tuesday.  30-year old Charles Birdshead is facing alternate counts of first-degree manslaughter resulting from what authorities are describing as a drug deal gone bad.

Last Monday, a single shot rang out in the parking lot of the South Dakota Rose Inn in Rapid City.  When authorities arrived, they found 33-year-old Eustacio Marrufo on the ground and quickly began the search for the man they believed was responsible for the killing.

After more than a weeklong search, authorities finally caught up with Birdshead at the Countryside trailer court on Monday night.

Rapid City Police booked Birdshead on charges including homicide, drug dealing and statutory rape.  But Tuesday in court, Birdshead faced the reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter and commission of a felony with a firearm.

"As with any time that we get an arrest report, what we attempt to do is bring the charges that will allow us to hold the defendant and then take a longer and closer look at exactly what charges should be brought," Pennington County State's Attorney Mark Vargo said.

The state's attorney says that the fatal shooting unfolded during a botched drug deal at the motel.

"A manslaughter count as we've charged it requires that the homicide was unnecessary, or in the first count that it was in the commission of a felony.  In this case, we've alleged that it was during the commission of a distribution of a controlled substance," Vargo said.

Vargo would not say what specific drugs were involved. He did say evidence suggests that Birdshead was the drug dealer and more charges could be coming. 

"We always work with law enforcement to see what happened.  In this case, we've had preliminary discussions but as additional evidence becomes available, we always reevaluate things," Vargo said.

Birdshead is being held at the Pennington County Jail with no bond.  He will either face a grand jury or have a preliminary hearing within the next ten days.  If convicted of manslaughter, Birdshead could face up to life in prison.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Student Athlete Ineligible After Charity Event

9/18/2014 5:20 PM

A successful Estelline cross country athlete is being forced to sit this season out because she participated in a charity run aimed at keeping kids aw...

Full Story | Watch
Two Vehicle Crash Leaves One Person With Life Threatening Injuries

9/20/2014 12:35 PM

A two vehicle crash has left one person with life threatening injuries.

Full Story
Joseph Patterson Released On $2 Million Bond

9/20/2014 3:04 PM

The man accused of killing the son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is out of jail after someone posted a $2 million bond for his rel...

Full Story
Suspect In Custody After Police Surround Home

9/21/2014 2:44 PM

Sioux Falls Police and Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies surrounded a Sioux Falls home on Sunday.

Full Story
Investigation At Canton Computer Business

9/17/2014 1:18 PM

Law enforcement are involved in a search at a Canton business.

Full Story


Events