Pine Ridge man indicted for the beating deaths of two homeless people

A Pine Ridge man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of Second-Degree Murder.

Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Eagle Elk has pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

It’s alleged that in June of 2022, Eagle Elk killed Louis Swift Bird by beating him to death. And in in July of 2022, he’s accused of beating Maria Makes Him First to death. Both murders occurred in Pine Ridge, within blocks of each other.

Both victims were homeless at the time and lying defenseless on the ground when Eagle Elk attacked them.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in prison and/or a $250,000 fine

A trial date has not been set.


November 8, 2023