Murder trial under way in Rapid City shooting



    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Prosecutor Mark Vargo says a man accused of shooting another man to death in a Rapid City motel parking lot brought a sawed-off shotgun with him when he went to the motel to deal drugs, showing he was ready to kill.
 
     Defense attorney Jamy Patterson says 30-year-old Charles Birdshead was set up and acted in self-defense.
 
     The two attorneys gave opening statements to a jury Tuesday in the trial of Birdshead, who is charged with felony manslaughter in the Jan. 7 death of 33-year-old Eustacio Maruffo at the South Dakota Rose Inn.
 
     The trial is scheduled to last into early next week.
 
     Birdshead also faces a separate trial for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenager.
 
     
 AP-WF-07-31-13 1305GMT
 

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Locations : Rapid CitySouth Dakota
People : Charles BirdsheadEustacio MaruffoJamy PattersonMark Vargo
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