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9:48 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Five Face Charges In Murder Of Navajo Woman

Five people are facing federal charges in connection with the murder of a woman who was stabbed repeatedly and left to die on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico.

Court records show Patrick Benally and Justin Benally, along with Lasheena Jacquez, Mariah Benally and Scott Thompson, are charged in the kidnapping and murder of a woman identified by federal authorities as Jane Doe 1.

They were all arrested last week. It was not immediately clear if any of them had attorneys.

A criminal complaint alleges that rage and paranoia fueled by methamphetamine appears to be behind the October slaying.

The FBI recovered the victim's body earlier this month after a source came forward with information about the killing.

The victim had been reported missing by her mother in November.

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