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Tucson Man Charged with First Degree Murder

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A federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a five-count indictment this week against Eugene Joseph Escalanti, 33, of Tucson, Arizona, for First Degree Murder, Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Kidnapping, Felony Murder, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. The indictment alleges that on July 19, 2009, Escalanti kidnapped, assaulted, and murdered an adult man on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Escalanti is a member of the Quechan Indian Tribe and is currently in state custody in the Gila County Sheriff´s Office on unrelated charges.