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Jury selection begins in nun murder case

| June 6, 2012 | 0 Comments



ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Jury selection has begun in the federal trial of a suspected nun killer. Reehahlio Carroll is accused of murdering Sister Marguerite Bartz in Navajo, just north of Gallup on Halloween night 2009. The 64-year-old was living alone in her convent home in Navajo, when she was beat with her own flashlight after […]




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Feds: Victim targeted for being nun

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Murdering a nun could be so inflammatory to a jury in this heavily Catholic state that the man charged with doing it wouldn't be able to get a fair trial, according to defense attorneys. That's why lawyers for an accused killer wants to prevent the jury from hearing anything about religion or […]




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Religion not factor in nun murder case

| May 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Reehahlio Carroll, 20, will stand trial next month in the 2009 murder of Sister Marguerite Bartz on the Navajo nation, but there is one thing his defense doesn't want jurors to know about the alleged victim – her faith. Defense attorney Robert Gorence filed a motion in federal court, requesting that any […]




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Federal judge says man accused of killing NM nun competent to stand trial

| June 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man accused of beating a nun to death with a flashlight on the Navajo Indian reservation in northwestern New Mexico is competent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling came after a nearly daylong hearing in Albuquerque during which prosecutors presented mental health experts who testified that Reehahlio […]




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Church fire on Reservation under investigation

| July 20, 2010 | 0 Comments



A late night fire at at a Presbyterian Church on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation may have been deliberately set, according to Tim Yaeger, emergency management coordinator for Genesee County. The fire is under investigation by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, the Alabama Fire Department and Yaeger's office. Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster said the fire was […]




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Grand jury charges teen accused of killing nun

| December 4, 2009 | 0 Comments



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal grand jury has charged a teenager accused of killing a nun at her home on the Navajo reservation with first-degree murder. The U.S. attorney's office in Albuquerque said Thursday that 18-year-old Reehahlio Carroll also is charged with burglary and transporting a stolen vehicle in interstate commerce. Carroll is accused of […]




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What Kind of Person Murders a Nun in Her Convent?

| December 4, 2009 | 0 Comments



The first sign that something was amiss on the Navajo Indian reservation, located along the Arizona-New Mexico border, was when Sister Marguerite Bartz, 64, failed to show up for Mass on Sunday, November 1, 2009. Sister Marguerite’s body was discovered lying in a pool of blood when one of her colleagues went to her room […]




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Death penalty ruled out in nuns murder

| November 13, 2009 | 0 Comments



ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man accused of murdering a Catholic nun at her convent on the Navajo reservation will not have to worry about the death penalty. Federal prosecutors said they cannot seek the ultimate punishment for Reehalio Carroll, 18. On Thursday Carroll made his first appearance before a federal judge who called him a […]




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Feds win suspect custody in nun murder

| November 11, 2009 | 0 Comments



ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A federal judge Tuesday ordered the Navajo Nation jail to hand over to the FBI a tribal member accused of killing a nun in her reservation convent. Reehalio Carroll, 18, is charged with murdering a Roman Catholic nun on the reservation Oct. 31. However the Navajo Nation is holding him on lesser […]




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Tribe holds on to suspected nun killer

| November 10, 2009 | 0 Comments



WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (KRQE-KREZ) – FBI agents were in Navajo Nation tribal court again Monday, and again they left without the man accused of bludgeoning a nun to death in her convent residence. Meanwhile KRQE News 13 has learned the suspect, Reehahlio Carroll, 18, tried to kill himself Friday, the day after he was arrested […]




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Teen charged with killing nun in NM

| November 7, 2009 | 0 Comments



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A teenager was charged Friday with killing a nun after allegedly breaking into her trailer home on the Navajo Indian reservation in search of cash or valuable items. Federal authorities accused Reehahlio Carroll, 18, of Navajo of "unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought" in the death of 64-year-old Sister […]




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Murdered nun reached out to poor community, worried about recent theft of bingo money

| November 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



NAVAJO, N.M. – Sister Marguerite Bartz had worried just weeks ago about crime in the community after someone broke into the St. Berard Mission Church and stole bingo money. Then she herself fell victim to a horrible crime. The beloved nun was murdered in her residence on church property, a killing that has rattled this […]




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Authorities find slain NM nuns vehicle in Arizona

| November 3, 2009 | 0 Comments



NAVAJO, N.M. — Investigators say a vehicle belonging to a nun slain on the Navajo Indian reservation has been recovered in Arizona. A colleague found Sister Marguerite Bartz's body after she didn't show up to Sunday Mass in the community of Navajo on the Arizona-New Mexico border. Investigators believe the 64-year-old was killed sometime between […]




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FBI investigates nun’s death on Navajo reservation

| November 3, 2009 | 0 Comments



NAVAJO, N.M. — A nun has been found dead in her residence at a church in a small community on the Navajo Indian reservation near the Arizona-New Mexico border, the FBI said Monday. Sister Marguerite Bartz, 64, failed to show up to Sunday Mass and a colleague who went to check on her discovered her […]




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NY teen gets prison time for reservation church fires

| November 3, 2009 | 0 Comments



A teenager offered an apology as he was sentenced for torching two churches on an upstate New York reservation in July. Dylan Antone of Nedrow pleaded guilty to arson during September. The 17-year-old admitted acting with another teen to set fire to the Wesleyan Church among the Onondagas on the Onondaga Indian Nation, just south […]




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