RAPID CITY, S.D. — One of two defendants accused of killing a woman on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has signed a new plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

A federal judge in July invalided guilty pleas for Elizabeth LeBeau and Fred Quiver, who accused each other of strangling 24-year-old Emily Bluebird with an electronics cord in January 2016. Bluebird’s body was found on the reservation several weeks after her death following a search by volunteers.

The Rapid City Journal reports LeBeau’s new plea deal states that she and Quiver strangled Bluebird together. The agreement calls for LeBeau to plead guilty to second-degree murder and accessory to murder. A plea hearing wasn’t immediately scheduled.

It’s not clear if Quiver will also enter into a new plea agreement, or if he will go to trial.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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