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Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, Isabella Reservation

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A tribal member, accused of trying to hire someone to kill a tribal council member and his wife, also has been charged with two counts of perjury. Saginaw County prosecutors say Carolyn L. Akiyama, 41, of Midland, lied about where she lived during a Sept. 4 bond reduction hearing stemming from the murder-for-hire case. She told authorities she lived in Shepherd in Isabella County. During a Nov. 1 hearing, in which Akiyama sought a dismissal of the previous case, she again lied about her address, prosecutors allege. 'We have the evidence that she lied to the court in both hearings,'' Assistant Prosecutor A. George Best told The Saginaw News for a Nov.21 story. Akiyama has been in jail, unable to pay $600,000 bond. She was to appear Nov. 27 for a Saginaw County Circuit Court trial on two counts of solicitation of murder. She also faces a District Court preliminary hearing that day on the perjury charges. The solicitation charges, prosecutors say, stem from Akiyama's alleged attempt to hire someone through a crack cocaine supplier in Saginaw County to kill Subchief John Hart and his wife Joyce. Defense attorney Philip R. Sturtz had sought a dismissal, claiming that police entrapped Akiyama.

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