The lawyer representing Charles Birdshead is fishing for information, according to Pennington County State's Attorney Mark Vargo.

Vargo and Birdshead's lawyer, Jamy Patterson, had a lively debate about evidence during a motions hearing in front of Circuit Judge Wally Eklund Monday afternoon.

Birdshead, 30, is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of 33-year-old Eustacio Marrufo in a motel parking lot Jan. 7. Authorities have said Marrufo was shot when a drug deal with Birdshead soured.

Patterson has filed several motions requesting access to additional information and evidence in the case.

He referred to an alleged argument between Birdshead and Marrufo over a 15-year-old girl. Birdshead is also charged with the statutory rape of the girl.

Eklund did direct Vargo to provide contact information on witnesses interviewed during the investigation. He did, however, refuse Patterson's request to see personal information about the rape victim including Department of Social Services, medical and school records.

The judge also refused to let Patterson see information gathered by the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team during its investigation. Eklund will review that information and determine its value.

Birdshead is scheduled to return to court April 16.

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