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Rapid City manslaughter convict facing drug trial

RAPID CITY (AP) — The attorney for a man convicted in August of manslaughter in Rapid City says his client can't get a fair trial in the city on a drug charge.

Defense attorney Jamy Patterson plans to file a request for a change of venue for the drug trial of Charles Birdshead.

Birdshead was found guilty of manslaughter for the January shooting death of Eustacio Maruffo. Patterson says prosecutors in that case identified Birdshead as a drug dealer.

Prosecutors are now pursuing a jury trial on Birdshead's arrest for drug possession.