- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A man and a woman have pleaded not guilty to federal charges in the death of a woman on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Elizabeth LeBeau is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Emily Blue Bird, whose body was found Jan. 21 in a creek near Pine Ridge. Fred Quiver, who also goes by the name Fred Brings Plenty, is charged with being an accessory.

The two entered their pleas in U.S. District Court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on Friday. They were indicted by a federal grand jury.

Blue Bird, 24, had been missing for nearly three weeks when her body was discovered. The U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randolph Seiler said the mother of two had been strangled sometime in the first three days of January.

The relationship between Blue Bird, 23-year-old LeBeau and 29-year-old Quiver isn’t clear.

If convicted, LeBeau could face life in prison and a $250,000 fine and Quiver could be sent to prison for 15 years and face a $125,000 fine.

The U.S. Marshals Service is holding the pair pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Blue Bird’s funeral was held in the Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge on Friday afternoon. More than 200 family and community members marched from the Sioux Funeral Home to the Pine Ridge Hall on Wednesday to call for an end to violence against women and justice for Blue Bird.

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