A federal grand jury Nov. 27 returned an 18-count indictment against Gregory Nakai, 21, and Jimmy Nakai Jr., 23, Round Rock, Ariz., Dennie Leal, 24, Lower Greasewood, Ariz., and Teddy Orsinger, 35, Tsaile, Ariz., in connection with the carjacking murder of Jesbert Sam of Chinle, Ariz., and David Begay of Burnt Corn, Ariz. The indictment charges that about Aug. 18, the defendants kidnapped, carjacked and murdered the victims and in the process used a handgun. The four are being held in Navajo tribal jails and will be arrested by federal law enforcement. Each count carries maximum penalty of $250,000 and from 15 years to life in prison or the death penalty on conviction. The investigation was conducted by the Navajo Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI's Safe Trails Task Force.
A federal grand jury Nov. 21 indicted a 20-year-old Round Rock man in connection with two murders on the Navajo Reservation. The 11-count indictment charges Lezmond Mitchell in the kidnapping, carjacking, robbery and murder of a 63-year-old woman and her 9-year-old granddaughter, authorities said. Prosecutors said Mitchell already was in tribal custody on related charges. Authorities said Mitchell was among seven suspects charged in the case, including some juveniles. The suspects allegedly stole a pickup belonging to Alyce Slim, 63, of Fort Defiance. The bodies of Slim and her granddaughter, whose identity has not been released by authorities, were found Nov. 5 in a wooded area near Tsalie. Tribal police believe they were fatally stabbed Oct. 28.On Oct. 31, three suspects wearing Halloween masks then drove Slim's pickup to the Red Rock Trading Post in Red Valley, police said. The suspects allegedly hit one clerk in the head with a rifle butt and physically assaulted another clerk. They tied the two women up and locked them in a back office before taking cash and gasoline, police said. If convicted in the case, prosecutors said Mitchell could face life imprisonment.