Three charged in Rapid City Christmas Eve homicide

Silverleaf Ave Shooting 5RAPID CITY, S.D. — Three men are facing charges from a Christmas Eve homicide after court documents say they set up a fake drug deal for retribution and to beat up the victim.

The incident occurred in the area of Silverleaf Avenue on December 24. Vernall Marshall, 31, of Rapid City was found shot in the street.

Around 11 p.m. on December 24, the Rapid City Police Department was dispatched after witnesses living near the 1000-block of SilverLeaf Avenue heard gunshots. Court documents say that when police arrived, they found Marshall unconscious, laying in the middle of the road. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Elias Richard, 21, of Rapid City was originally charged with second-degree murder charges while Kaleb Lukkes, 21, of Rapid City, Clint Marshall, 20, of Sioux Falls, and Masheka Barnett, 42, of Rapid City, were charged with aiding and abetting first-degree robbery in connection to the homicide.

Barnett’s robbery charge has been dropped and she is now charged with aiding and abetting aggravated assault. Richard is facing a first-degree murder charge while Lukkes and Marshall are now being charged with aiding and abetting the murder.

If convicted, Richard and Lukkes could face the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole.


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