Court log 1/13/08

2008-01-12T23:00:00Z Court log 1/13/08 Arizona Daily Sun
January 12, 2008 11:00 pm


A Navajo Nation woman has been federally charged with stabbing her boyfriend to death in their St. Michael's home last week.

According to a complaint filed Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Flagstaff, the couple was physically fighting Monday night when the woman stabbed Marcus Begay, age not given, in the chest with a kitchen knife. They continued fighting after she allegedly stabbed him, but when she saw that he was getting weaker and something was wrong, she ran to the neighbors' home for help, telling them Begay had stabbed himself. The woman said they had a history of mutually combative domestic violence.

The woman's crying 2-year-old daughter was present during the stabbing, apparently in another room.

The complaint says the woman hid the knife during the commotion of law enforcement and medics tending to Begay. The knife was later recovered.

Begay was pronounced dead at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital shortly after the attack.

Cheryl Todacheene, no age given, was charged with one count of murder.

Hammer assault

A Navajo Nation man has been federally charged with severely beating two people with a claw hammer.

According to a complaint filed Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Flagstaff, the man allegedly beat his girlfriend and another man at the girlfriend's Fort Defiance home early Tuesday. Blood evidence indicates that the man attacked the pair in the master bedroom.

The victims were taken to the hospital in Fort Defiance, then to Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. The male victim suffered a skull fracture and intracranial bleeding, which a doctor said could have been fatal had he not been transferred to Phoenix. The woman had critical injuries to her head, face, eyes and legs. The man was arrested at the scene.

Francis Naswood, no age given, was charged with two counts each of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

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