A Heart Butte woman was back in federal court Tuesday afternoon in connection with the January 2018 death of Eljay Young Running Crane.
Shayanna Marie England was rearraigned on a superseding indictment.
Earlier this month, England’s attorney asked for the indictment to be dismissed due to it being factually insufficient and invalid.
The government has filed a new indictment in the case.
Court documents state that on or about January 16, 2018, England committed the act of reckless driving that caused the death of Young Running Crane.
She is also accused of assaulting another person, which resulted in serious bodily injury.
England pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
Her trial has been set for March 4.
(September 25, 2018) Shayanna Marie England of Heart Butte pleaded not guilty in federal court in Great Falls on Tuesday for the death of Eljay Young Running Crane.
England is charged with involuntary manslaughter, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
According to court documents, on January 16, England committed the act of reckless driving that caused the death of Eljay. She is also accused of assaulting another person that resulted in serious bodily injury.
England entered not guilty pleas during her appearance in court on Tuesday. She was released to her mother’s custody, but was ordered to abide by certain conditions until her next court appearance.
Among the conditions of her release:
- Must not violate federal, state, or local laws
- Must cooperate in the collection of a DNA sample if it requested
- Shall not harass, threaten, intimidate, tamper with, improperly influence or injure witnesses, jurors, informants, victims of offense charged
- Must not possess a firearm, destructive device, or other weapon
- Must not use alcohol, narcotics, or other controlled substances unless prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner
- Must submit to testing for a prohibited substance if required by the pretrial services office or supervising officer.
Violation of any conditions could result in a warrant being issued for England’s arrest. Her next court date has not yet been scheduled.
Eljay’s aunt Denise Grant says she is grateful that her family is getting so much support.
“You can tell he touched a lot of people lives and he is very import to us,” Grant said. “You know, we all know what happened. For this to take so long and for her to not even be arrested at that point in time when the incident happened…it is very frustrating. We have a lot of questions and we want justice.”