Police make arrest in Rapid City Christmas Eve murder

January 4, 2021

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Police in Rapid City have arrested a man wanted for a fatal shooting on Christmas Eve.

Twenty-one-year-old Elias Richard has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Vernall Marshall.

Richard was arrested over the weekend.

The investigation began after someone called 911 just after 11 p.m. on Dec. 24 to report they heard gunshots.

Police say officers arrived and found the victim lying in the street.

The shooting appears to be linked to a robbery because the three other people are charged with aiding and abetting first-degree robbery in connection with the shooting.