Jury Named in Herrera Trial

A jury of six, plus one alternate, was chosen at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in circuit court in Sheridan, with opening arguments in the trial of Clayvin Herrera, a Crow tribal member charged with killing antlered game, set for 12:45.

Herrera is also charged with being an accessory before and after the fact in the killing of an elk in the fall of 2014 in the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming.

Herrera claims an 1868 treaty with the U.S. government allows Crow to hunt on their native lands. In arguments before Judge Shelley Cundiff that preceded jury selection, Herrera's attorney, Kyle Gray of Billings, said where the killing happened is one of the issues in the case. She said it was her client's belief that he was on Crow land, and questioned whether the crime in fact happened in Wyoming as Wyoming Game and Fish authorities allege. Trial is expected to continue through Thursday and, possibly, into Friday.