No Decision In Slaying Of Transgender Woman In Rapid City A Year Later

(Rapid City, SD) — There’s still no decision in the slaying of a transgender woman in Rapid City a year after her death. Acey Morrison, a trans Native American woman, was shot and killed in a trailer home north of town. Pennington County prosecutors have yet to decide whether to charge the shooter or close the investigation into her death. Reports say the man claims to have fired on her in self-defense. Morrison’s mother, Edelyn Catches, said earlier this week that she hasn’t heard from anyone in the Pennington County State’s Attorney’s Office since last winter, when former State’s Attorney Mark Vargo left his position for work overseas. State’s Attorney Lara Roetzel, the longtime prosecutor who replaced Vargo, said earlier this summer and again last week that her office hasn’t made a call on charges or closed the investigation.

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