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Navajo Nation of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah

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A freak killing that resulted from a steel rod thrown at a passing truck landed a 39-year-old man in custody on a federal murder charge, the FBI reported July 28. The July 22 death of Delbert Woody occurred after Tony Arviso threw the quarter-inch-diameter rod at the truck near the Carson Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation in San Juan County, agents said. A U.S. ordered Arviso held at a halfway house pending trial. A court affidavit showed Arviso told investigators he had been beaten earlier in the day by the owner of the pickup, Patrick Pierce. Arviso went out to find Pierce. He saw the pickup truck on a county road, chased it, passed it, got ahead of it, then got out of his vehicle with the steel rod and threw it at Pierce's truck when it caught up with him, the investigator's affidavit says. He intended to hit Pierce's radiator but instead hit Woody, a passenger in the truck, it says. When Arviso saw that the rod had gone through Woody's skull, he hurried to the nearby trading post and called 911. Woody died later that night at a hospital, the officer said. Pierce was arrested by tribal police for investigation of aggravated assault on Arviso.

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