Lawyer Says Negotiations Under Way in Eagle Case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The lawyer for a Northern Arapaho man who killed a bald eagle for use in his tribe's Sun Dance says he's working with federal prosecutors to resolve the case ahead of a scheduled October trial date.

Winslow Friday has acknowledged that he shot and killed a bald eagle without a permit on the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming in March 2005. Friday is scheduled to go to trial October 5th before U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne.

Jim Barrett is an assistant federal public defender in Cheyenne representing Friday. Barrett says he's negotiating with federal prosecutors to reach a disposition of the case, possibly including transferring it to another court.

Kelly Rankin, U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, declined comment.

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