Suspect in shooting death of Pine Ridge Man appears in court, hopes evidence will be thrown out
Palani Bull Bear, 20, of New Mexico, is accused of killing Brycee Red Owl in Kyle last June
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The suspect in the shooting death of a Pine Ridge man appeared in Rapid City federal court Wednesday, hoping that initial evidence collected will be suppressed.
Palani Bull Bear, 20, of New Mexico is accused of killing Brycee Red Owl in Kyle last June.
Bull Bear was found at the Sundance grounds in Kyle on June 28, the morning after the shooting. He was then interviewed by FBI Special Agent Kevin Seymore and Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Agent Molanna Clifford at the Medicine Root Detention Center.
Bull Bear’s lawyer argues that statements made were given involuntarily, before he was read his Miranda Rights and “taken in the early morning hours without sleep.” The defense also alleges that the search warrants executed to search Bull Bear’s Gmail account, Facebook page, seize clothes from the Pennington County Jail and two residences, did not have the appropriate probable cause.
According to court documents, the state argues Bull Bear was read his rights and voluntarily chose to waive them, which they supported with a signed document.
Documents also say the interview between Seymore, Clifford, and Bull Bear lasted about 30 minutes. Seymore testified Wednesday saying Bull Bear did not seem too tired or fatigued to continue the interview.
As for the warrants, the state says they were issued based on belief that the Google account contained information on the purchase of a gun via a website and the Facebook contained information relating to the crime itself. The seizures at the jail and residences were in connection to the crime and a bank robbery in Albuquerque, NM that Bull Bear is also a suspect in.
Both sides are now required to file briefs in response.
Bull Bear faces four charges including second-degree murder, discharge of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, assault with intent to commit murder, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Second-degree murder carries the maximum penalty of life in prison.