Sikma, Robert: Prosecutor in Peltier trial dies in car crash

Sioux City, Iowa (AP) 9-07

One of the prosecutors in the trial of American Indian Movement (AIM) member Leonard Peltier for the 1975 deaths of two FBI agents has died after he lost control of his car.

Robert Sikma was one of two people in the car when it crashed Sept. 7 on Interstate 29. He was 66.

He lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree, police said.

A passenger, Kathryn Reicks, 52, also died from injuries she suffered in the crash.

The investigation was continuing.

Sikma was one of three prosecutors in the trial of Peltier, who was charged with the killing of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Peltier was convicted by a jury in Fargo, N.D., in 1977.

Sikma had his own private practice in Sioux City and was a volunteer community panel judge for the Woodbury County drug court.