Arrest made in murder of elderly Rapid City woman

February 22, 2021

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a man accused of killing an 82-year-old woman in her Rapid City home was arrested on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

James Jumping Eagle is charged with felony first-degree murder in the death Reta McGovern on Feb. 10, according to online court records.

Oglala Sioux police say Jumping Eagle was arrested by a fugitive task force about 8:45 p.m. Saturday at a home a couple of miles south of Manderson.

The suspect was apprehended without incident. McGovern, who lived alone, was found dead with a laceration to her throat on Feb. 10.

Police announced Friday that Jumping Eagle was identified as the suspect through forensic DNA and called it a targeted crime.