- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 28, 2020

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting his girlfriend in a death that police say was staged to look like a suicide.

Dion Bordeaux, 25, entered the plea this week to first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Jeanette Jumping Eagle, a mother of three found fatally shot in a hotel room on New Year’s Day.

The defendant’s 24-year-old brother, Giovanni Bordeaux, is charged with being an accessory to the crime and pleaded not guilty earlier this month.

If convicted, Dion Bordeaux could receive the death penalty or life in prison. He’s being held on $1 million cash bond. His brother faces up to five years in prison upon conviction and is detained at the Pennington County Jail on a $50,000 surety bond, the Rapid City Journal reported.

The victim’s sister, Paulina Ghost, says the father of Jumping Eagle’s children are raising them with the help of relatives.

Ghost says her sister met and began dating Dion Bordeaux shortly before she died. She says Bordeaux may have been jealous because her sister was thinking about returning to the father of her children.

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