Chadron suspect charged in death

Chadron suspect charged in death
Sage Littlemoon (Courtesy Photo)
July 25th, 2021 | Associated Press

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been charged in the death of a 72-year-old man in Chadron. Dawes County Attorney Vance Haug says 20-year-old Ian Little Moon, also known as Sage Little Moon, is charged with first-degree murder and felony use of a deadly weapon in the death of John Martinez. Chadron Police Chief Rick Hickstein said officers who were notified of gunshots at a Chadron home early Friday found Martinez dead. Little Moon was arrested on the Pine Ridge Reservation by officers with the Oglala Sioux Department of Public Safety. KCSR reports the last homicide in Chadron was in December 2008. 

Previous story issued Friday July 23, 2021

Law enforcement authorities have located a person sought for questioning in connection with a homicide that occurred overnight in Chadron.

The Nebraska State Patrol and Chadron Police Department issued a media advisory Friday morning seeking the public’s help in locating 20-year-old Ian “Sage” Littlemoon of Chadron, was believed to be traveling in a stolen van. Friday morning, the van was found abandoned northeast of Chadron.

Littlemoon has since been located in Pine Ridge and taken into custody by officers with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.

Dawes County Attorney Vance Haug has filed charges of 1st Degree Murder and Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony against Littlemoon for the death of 72-year-old John Martinez of Chadron.

The Chadron Police Department is the lead agency in the homicide investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

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