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Trio charged in hammer killing set for September trial

Apr 11, 2014 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Three defendants charged in connection with the brutal March 7 death of a Riverton man pleaded not guilty Thursday in Lander District Court.

District Court Judge Norman E. Young provisionally joined their cases and set them for trial Sept. 8.

Attorney for defendants Delight Estelle Sunrhodes, 30, and George Jr. Littlethunder III, 29, both of Arapahoe, said they would file objections to the joinder of the cases.

Sunrhodes and Littlethunder are charged with second-degree murder for the death of Richard Longsoldier.

The third defendant, Craig Brian C'Bearing, 27, of Ethete, faces one count of accessory before the fact to second-degree murder.

All three charges carry a penalty of 20 years to life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Riverton Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts bound over charges against Sunrhodes, Littlethunder and C'Bearing on March 19.

Investigators say Sunrhodes and Littlethunder used the claw end of a framing hammer to bludgeon Longsoldier to death in a bedroom in Longsoldier's trailer in the Cozy Home Trailer Park in Riverton.

C'Bearing, prosecutors believe, started a fight with Longsoldier that the other defendants joined, and C'Bearing provided the hammer the other two used.

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