Three arraigned for murders
Bodies found on reservation in both cases
Tana Chris Lawrence, 20, and Angeledith Saramaylene Smith, 25, both of Warm Springs, were arraigned Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice M. Stewart in Portland on the charge of first-degree murder.
Earlier in the week, a federal grand jury indicted both women with one count of murder in the first degree for their alleged roles in the death of Faron Kalama, 30.
The indictment alleges that Lawrence and Smith unlawfully killed Kalama on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation on Sept. 29.
The indictment further alleges that the murder occurred during Lawrence and Smith's perpetration of, or attempted, burglary, kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse, and sexual abuse. The charge of first-degree murder carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Curtis Lamont Brown, 38, of Warm Springs, was also arraigned Friday before Judge Stewart on one count of accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree for his alleged role in attempting to assist Lawrence and Smith avoid apprehension and punishment following the murder of Faron Kalama.
The charge of accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree carries a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison.
All three defendants are enrolled members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, as was Faron Kalama. In the proceedings, the magistrate ordered the three defendants detained in federal custody pending trial before U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown on Dec. 18, at 9 a.m.
In a separate case, Curtis Lamont Brown made another initial appearance Friday before Stewart on charges of second-degree murder and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in connection to the death of Jonas Miller, 33, an enrolled member Warm Springs tribal member.
According to a federal criminal complaint signed by Judge Stewart earlier in the day, Brown confessed to shooting Miller in the back of the head with a firearm on Sept. 23, in a remote location on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
The charges of second-degree murder and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence both carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. Stewart also ordered Brown detained on those charges pending his next court appearance on Oct. 29, at 1:30 p.m. before the U.S. magistrate judge.
"These homicides are a deep tragedy for the victims' families and for the entire Warm Springs community," said U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. "My office, together with tribal and federal law enforcement, will devote the necessary resources to bring these defendants to justice."
The investigations related to the deaths of Faron Kalama and Jonas Miller are being conducted by the Warm Springs Police Department and the Bend FBI Office. The cases are being prosecuted by assistant U. S. attorneys Billy Williams and Craig Gabriel.
Indictments and criminal complaints are only accusations of crimes. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.