Former South Dakota Police Chief Indicted On First-Degree Murder Charges

| by Sean Kelly
Former South Dakota Police Chief Russell Bertram.Former South Dakota Police Chief Russell Bertram.

A former Pierre, South Dakota, police chief was indicted on a first-degree murder charge. 

Russell Bertram, 64, killed his 26-year-old fiancee Leonila Stickney in 2009. Although the shooting was initially thought to be a hunting accident, prosecutors now say it was murder. He was indicted by a grand jury in September, reports The Associated Press.

Prosecutors in the case now want to present evidence that Bertram took out more than $750,000 in life insurance before she died. 

Bertram served as police chief in Harrisburg, South Dakota, until 2004 and had also been a police officer, reports AP. Two of his ex-wives are expected to testify about allegations of domestic violence.

Sources: AP via Daily Mail, AP via KELO-TV / Photo credit: KELO-TV