2 appear in federal court in connection to death of Lame Deer woman

2014-03-28T08:44:00Z 2014-04-11T07:43:04Z 2 appear in federal court in connection to death of Lame Deer womanGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A man and a woman suspected in the death of a 21-year-old single mother in Lame Deer last July are facing federal murder charges.

On Wednesday officers arrested Garrett Sidney Wadda, 35, in Wyoming and Eugenia Ann Rowland, 41, in South Dakota in connection with the death of Hanna Harris, according to her family.

Wadda and Rowland each had initial appearances on Thursday in U.S. District Courts in Lander, Wyo., and Rapid City, S.D. Both defendants face extradition to Montana.

An indictment filed on March 20 in U.S. District Court in Billings charges Wadda with first-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse and Rowland with second-degree murder.

The indictment alleges that the defendants killed a person, identified as H.H., on July 4 near Lame Deer. Wadda is accused of murdering the victim with "malice aforethought" while forcing the victim to engage in a sexual act. Rowland is accused of killing the victim with malice aforethought.

The indictment does not provide details on the circumstances of the death.

The maximum penalty for first-degree murder is mandatory life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Pennington County Sheriff's Capt. Marty Graves, in Rapid City, said Friday that Rowland, who has been living in the Rapid City area, was arrested by the FBI's Safe Trails Task Force on a FBI warrant for second-degree murder.

“I’m just happy that these people have finally been arrested,” Harris’ mother, Malinda Harris Limberhand said Friday morning. “I know there’s a long road ahead. I don’t know if I’m ready to hear the details of my daughter’s death or not.”

Harris, who was found dead last summer in a ditch south of the rodeo grounds in Lame Deer, went missing early on July 4.

Until the arrests were made, officials with the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs, the two agencies investigating the case, would not say whether Harris' death was considered suspicious.

Limberhand and other members of the Harris family have said they suspected a man and woman who were seen with the Harris on surveillance video the night she disappeared.

Limberhand said Wadda and Rowland, who have ties to Lame Deer, are the man and woman she suspected of killing her daughter.

Harris, a single mother, graduated from Billings West High School in 2010. Her son, who was 10 months old when she died, is now under the care of Limberhand.

“I just want to thank everyone for their prayers and support,” Limberhand said. “That’s what's keeping me going.”

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