Pine Ridge woman pleads guilty in Bluebird murder

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - After her guilty plea was thrown out by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken earlier this year, Elizabeth LeBeau has now pleaded guilty to second degree murder and accessory to second degree murder in a plea agreement.

LeBeau's earlier guilty plea was thrown out after a conflict came about on who actually killed Emily Bluebird in January of last year in Pine Ridge - Elizabeth LeBeau or Fred Quiver?

In the original factual basis statement that LeBeau signed, she said Quiver killed Bluebird; but the statement signed by Quiver said LeBeau killed her.

Now the amended factual basis statement signed by LeBeau says, in January of 2016, both Quiver and herself killed Bluebird by strangling her.

The statement says LeBeau struck Bluebird in the head with a hammer multiple times.

It then says after Bluebird was dead, both LeBeau and Quiver disposed of the evidence.

Accessory to second degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 15 years behind bars and second degree murder carries a maximum sentence of up to life.