- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge overseeing a homicide case on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas has granted two defense requests regarding evidence but denied two others.

Ryan Ironroad, of Cannon Ball, faces charges of murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in the November 2014 stabbing death of his 29-year-old cousin, Clay Hagel, of Fort Yates. Ironroad is accused of stabbing Hagel in the stomach during an attempted robbery.

Ironroad has pleaded not guilty. He faces life in prison if convicted of the murder charge.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland late last week rejected a defense request to suppress statements Ironroad gave to authorities, KXMB-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1KtFeCb ). Defense attorney Ryan Costello unsuccessfully claimed his client’s constitutional rights were violated.

Hovland also denied a defense request to exclude testimony from two men at the scene who witnessed an altercation between Hagel and a masked man wearing a hooded sweat shirt.

Hovland granted defense requests to suppress voice recordings used to identify Ironroad as the suspect and to have the government share fingerprint test results. A bloody fingerprint was found on a door at the home where the slaying occurred.

Ironroad is scheduled for a three-day trial in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, beginning Sept. 29.

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Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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