Sturgis teen facing murder charges in Wyoming girl’s death

STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis teen accused in the death of a missing Wyoming girl now knows the charges facing him.

A Meade County grand jury handed up an indictment against 17-year-old Michael Gavin Campbell of murder in the first degree, or alternately, murder in the second degree.

Campbell is currently charged as an adult in the death of 16-year-old Shayna Ritthaler, who was reported missing from Moorcroft, Wyoming on October 3rd.

The body of Ritthaler was found Oct. 7th in the basement of a Blucksberg, S.D. home outside of Sturgis where Campbell lived with his mother.

He entered “Not Guilty” and “Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity” pleas to each charge at his arraignment on Thursday.

The alternate charge means that in a jury trial, a jury could find Campbell guilty of both charges, guilty of one charge and not guilty of the other, or not guilty of both.

Campbell’s attorney has announced his intention to move that his client’s case be returned to juvenile court.

The judge in the case has instructed Campbell’s attorney to file the motion no later than December 20, 2019, when Campbell is scheduled for a status hearing.



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