“Not Guilty” Plea In Pine Ridge Homicide

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Pine Ridge man accused of murder in a shooting last week in Pine Ridge entered a not guilty plea in federal court Monday.

26-year old Colton Bagola is charged with 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of 30-year old Sloane Bull Bear at a Pine Ridge home Dec. 17.

Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann has scheduled a bail hearing for next Monday and a preliminary on January 6th. Bagola remains in the Pennington County jail.

Law enforcement agencies searched for Bagola for several days when he turned up in Rapid City Friday night. Bagola surrendered to police after a short standoff with the special response team at a home in North Rapid.

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