AIM member suspected, not charged in killing dies

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10/11/2011 12:53:29 PM - AP News
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A woman suspected of being involved but never charged in the 1975 killing of a fellow American Indian Movement activist in South Dakota has died.A funeral home confirmed Tuesday that 87-year-old Theda Clarke died Saturday at a nursing home in western Nebraska. Court records show she was suffering from several health ailments.Prosecutors say Clarke refused to cooperate as they investigated the fatal shooting of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.John Graham, the accused gunman, and Arlo Looking Cloud were convicted of murder.Prosecutors allege the trio used Clarke's vehicle to drive Aquash from Colorado, and accused Aquash of being a government informant.The American Indian Movement was founded in the 1960s to protest the government's treatment of American Indians.