Pine Ridge murder suspect pleads “not guilty”

UPDATE (4 p.m.) — Colton Bagola pleaded not guilty to 2nd-degree homicide in his appearance at the Federal Courthouse in Rapid City Monday afternoon.

A bail hearing has been scheduled for December 30 and a preliminary hearing will be held on January 6. Bagola remains in the Pennington County Jail.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pine Ridge man accused of fatally shooting Sloane Bull Bear, 30, last week is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court Monday afternoon after being arrested Friday night in a Rapid City standoff.

A criminal complaint alleges Colton Bagola, 26, shot Bull Bear in the back of the head early in the morning on Dec. 17 at a residence in Pine Ridge. Court documents say multiple witnesses said Bagola was making statements prior to the shooting of “wanting to kill somebody”, “let some off”, or needing “to take a soul”.

Bagola was arrested Friday night on a 2nd-degree homicide arrest warrant outside of a Rapid City home following a standoff with police.

Second-degree homicide is punishable up to life in prison. Bagola is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. Monday.

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