Jury trial for Rapid City motel shooting is under way



    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A jury has been selected for the trial of a man accused of shooting another man to death in a Rapid City motel parking lot early this year.
 
     A jury of nine men and five women, two of whom are alternates, will decide the fate of 30-year-old Charles Birdshead.
 
     The Rapid City man is charged with felony manslaughter in the death of 33-year-old Eustacio Maruffo at the South Dakota Rose Inn on Jan. 7. 
 
     Prosecutors say Birdshead was at the motel to deal drugs. Birdshead's attorney says he was the victim of a setup and that he acted in self-defense.
 
     The trial is scheduled to last six days. Birdshead also is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenager. He will have a separate trial on that charge.
 
     
 AP-WF-07-30-13 1122GMT
 

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Locations : Rapid CitySouth Dakota
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