Trials in Longsoldier murder case have been reset
(Lander, Wyo.) – Ninth District Court Judge Norman E. Young has agreed to reset the date for the trials of three individuals in connection to the March murder of Richard Longsoldier.
Young granted the State’s request to continue the trial for Delight Estelle Sunrhodes, 30, due to the length in time the State Crime Lab has taken to process evidence in the case. Young heard testimony from Interim Deputy Director John Jolley, who detailed the processes the Crime Lab goes through. Jolley said the outstanding pieces of the evidence should have completed the peer review and administrative review processes at the latest by early next week. Nearly 50 pieces of evidence have been processed by the crime lab in the case. Young granted the motion because the state was able to show it had done its due diligence in working with the lab.
Sunrhodes’s trial was set for Sept. 15 and has been moved to Oct. 27, despite her defense’s objections. Her codefendants, George Littlethunder III, 29, and Craig C’Bearing, 27, also requested continuances, and Young granted them. Their trials do not yet have a new date.
Originally all three were set to go to trial together, but they are now separated.
Sunrhodes and Littlethunder III, both of Arapahoe, are charged with second degree murder. C’Bearing of Ethete, is charged with Accessory Before the Fact to Murder in the Second Degree. It is alleged that Longsoldier was beaten to death with a claw hammer at a home in Riverton on March 7 by Sunrhodes and Littlethunder.