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Not guilty plea entered in Acey Morrison shooting trial

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The man charged in the death of a transgender Rapid City woman has pleaded not guilty.

Fifty-three-year-old Gregory Landers is charged with manslaughter in the death of Acey Morrison.

Landers was indicted in the death about a year-and-a-half after Morrison was shot at Landers’ residence in August of 2022.

Landers admits to the shooting but says it was in self-defense.

Manslaughter is punishable by up to life in prison. Landers also faces drug and firearm charges.

He is due to next appear in court April 23.

C.J. Keene is a Rapid City-based journalist covering the legal system, education, and culture