Bond set for Rapid City teen accused of second-degree murder

Bond has been set for 17-year-old Ronald Black Cloud after a few years of back and forth arguments between lawyers deciding on how he would be prosecuted.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City teen made his initial appearance in court Wednesday and is being charged as an adult for second-degree murder for shooting and killing 43-year-old Nathan Graham in August of 2018.

After nearly two years of back and forth between attorneys trying to decide if now 17-year-old Ronald Black Cloud should be tried as a minor or an adult, the case can now proceed.

It all began August 17, 2018, when Rapid City Police were called to a residence in the 200 block of East Philadelphia Street for a report that man had been shot.

When officers arrived, they say they found Graham lying in the middle of the road with a gunshot wound to his head. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Police say then-16-year-old Ross Johnson was involved in an altercation with Graham. Johnson allegedly gave 14-year-old Black Cloud the gun and told him to shoot Graham.

Johnson will be sentenced April 29 after accepting a plea deal from the state. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and accessory to first degree murder. He faces a max penalty of 15 years behind bars.

As for Black Cloud, his bond was set at $500,000 cash-only and he remains in the custody of Juvenile Services.

If convicted, he faces a mandatory life sentence without parole.

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