A Navajo Nation man stands accused of murdering two neighbors in a fight over grazing after their goats wandered onto his land.
Two men, identified only by the initials ET and LN, were found shot in the chest outside of Pinion last week, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
FBI investigators say one of the victim’s goats had wandered onto the suspect’s land and the pair got into a physical fight.
The suspect returned with a rifle and shot the man, as well as another man who held a tire iron as he approached from a nearby wash.
“I was beaten, so I retaliated. This wasn’t the first time,” the man told FBI agents, according to court documents.
Richard Cooke, age not listed, will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Aspey in Flagstaff on Friday on two counts of first-degree murder.
For more on the story, see Thursday’s Arizona Daily Sun.