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    WY - Marisa Spoonhunter, 13, found murdered, two men charged, 3 April 2010

    http://www.trib.com/news/state-and-r...68e806daf.html

    RIVERTON -- The death of a 13-year-old girl on the Wind River Indian Reservation has shocked her family and friends and prompted an FBI investigation.

    "She was always a good girl. She didn't deserve this," Vern Spoonhunter said Thursday, a day after the body of daughter Marisa was found outside a rural home near her hometown of Ethete.

    No one is saying exactly how she died. The family doesn't know, FBI officials aren't talking, and the county coroner won't make a ruling until he receives autopsy results, which could take four to six weeks. Suicide has been ruled out.

    The eighth-grader at Wyoming Indian Middle School had been missing for four days by the time she was found dead outside the home on Givens Road. That's about 15 miles from Great Plains Hall in Arapahoe -- the place where she was last seen Saturday night by friends, hanging out with a man, at a powwow.

    Vern Spoonhunter said he and her mother, Bernadette, were not worried, at first, when she didn't come home after the powwow. They figured she'd gone home with a friend. By Monday when they hadn't been able to round her up, they called police, and by Wednesday, they were alerting the media.

    It was that afternoon when they received the news, as they were passing out fliers with Marisa's photo. He said someone texted them with news that the body of a girl had been found on the reservation. They prayed it wasn't her as they drove to the area where the body was found, then walked forward with dread when they were asked to identify the body.

    It was her, without a doubt, he said. She was wearing the coat they'd just bought her in Denver.

    "It's shocking," he said. "She was a very pretty girl Ö had a lot of friends Ö played basketball and volleyball."

    Also shocked were those at her school. Principal Pam Frederick said the students were receiving grief counseling and support from the community and surrounding towns, including Riverton. She said Riverton police sent over their victims' advocate.

    Still, the fact she's gone hasn't really set in for the family, especially the girl's father.

    "We're still waiting for her to walk through the door," he said.

    And he wants answers.

    FBI spokesman Dave Joly in Denver said the agency was sending extra investigators to assist its local agents in Lander. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and Wind River Police Department are also participating in the investigation.

    Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said that while suicide has been ruled out, the death has not been determined as a homicide. All deaths are investigated as suspicious, he said.

    The body was to be taken today to Loveland, Colo., for an autopsy to determine cause of death.

    "Somebody knows something," Vern Spoonhunter said. "Please step up and help us."

    Leslie Stratmoen is news director of KVOW/KTAK radio in Riverton.

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    Poor Marisa. I have to say though, IMHO, her family didn't seem to keep much of a watch on her. She was only 13, yet they didn't truly become concerned for several days, when they couldn't locate her at one of her friends? Did she have a habit of not returning home without letting her parents know where she was? At least, that is the impression I got from the story.
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    I wondered that too, Belinda, but I don't know what the "safety" level is on this reservation. Some smaller reservations can be almost like a compound where everyone knows one another.

    Well, we know now. Obviously, it's not safe for youngsters to be unsupervised there. This family might have had a very false sense of security and Marisa could have had a long history of being dependable and reliable. I'm going to hold onto that thought until we learn otherwise.

    Be at peace, sweet girl.

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    This is so sad I lived in Riverton for years both my kids were born there. I know they have two casino's there now and it brings in a lot of outsiders too. Prayer's to her family and friend's.

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    Details emerge in Wyoming reservation death

    http://trib.com/news/state-and-regio...721998e03.html

    21-year-old brother of a teenage girl whose body was found on the Wind River Indian Reservation has been charged in connection with her death, according to federal court documents.

    Marisa Spoonhunter's body was discovered near Givens Road, just east of Ethete, on April 7. The 13-year-old had been missing for four days.

    An FBI investigation into her death eventually led to the arrest of Robert Spoonhunter and Kyeren Tillman, 19, both Arapahoe residents.

    Spoonhunter has been charged in federal court with assault resulting in serious bodily injury, while Tillman faces a charge of sexual abuse of a minor, according to a media release U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts sent out last week.

    The two men could face additional or different charges as the investigation continues, according to John Powell, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Cheyenne.

    Court documents relating to the case made public this week give a disturbing narrative of what led to the girl's death. While the victim's name and age is redacted in the criminal complaint, Marisa Spoonhunter's family members have previously identified her.

    On April 2, Robert Spoonhunter and Tillman were on the reservation along with Marisa Spoonhunter. After going to a home on Givens Road, the group began drinking alcohol, according to court documents.

    At some point, according to the documents, "Robert Spoonhunter began to feel the effects of the alcohol and may have fallen asleep for a short time."

    He awoke a short time later and found his sister and Tillman engaged in sexual activity in a bedroom, according to court documents.

    Authorities say Robert Spoonhunter told them he "became angry," threw Tillman out of the room and put his sister in a choke-hold. After he held her for roughly 20 seconds, she went limp. He then threw her "away from him" and her body hit a weight bench, according to court documents.

    Spoonhunter told an FBI special agent he believed her head might have struck a metal part of the bench "because he heard what sounded to him like her skull hitting the metal," authorities say.

    Spoonhunter then left the room. Tillman later told him the girl was "out," authorities say.

    Tillman, who is referred to as Robert Spoonhunter's step-cousin in court documents, began dragging her body toward the home's front door with the help of a rope. Spoonhunter helped Tillman carry the girl's body out of the residence, authorities say.

    Her body was left beneath a tree, according to court documents.

    Authorities say later that night, Tillman and Spoonhunter resumed drinking at a neighboring house, where they agreed "to not discuss the matter with anyone."

    In a separate interview with FBI agents, Tillman said the girl's clothes were put in a "burn barrel," authorities say.

    Two days after Marisa Spoonhunter's body was found, an autopsy was conducted in Loveland, Colo. The criminal complaint, which was filed Tuesday, states the autopsy has "yet to reveal a cause of death and a host of additional tests are still pending."

    However, the doctor who performed the procedure told investigators the girl had suffered "various contusions and abrasions" on her face and head. He ultimately determined she had suffered a subdural hematoma, which is usually the result of trauma to the head. According to court documents, the doctor said the injury "is consistent with being caused by her head hitting a weight bench."

    Spoonhunter, who waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, remains in the custody of U.S. Marshals Service.

    Tillman is in the custody of Wind River Indian Reservation officials for an unrelated matter. When that matter is settled, he will be formally charged in federal court, Powell said.

    Marisa Spoonhunter was an eighth-grader at Wyoming Indian Middle School.

    Reach crime reporter William Browning at (307) 266-0534 or at william.browning@trib.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kai View Post
    http://trib.com/news/state-and-regio...721998e03.html

    21-year-old brother of a teenage girl whose body was found on the Wind River Indian Reservation has been charged in connection with her death, according to federal court documents.

    Marisa Spoonhunter's body was discovered near Givens Road, just east of Ethete, on April 7. The 13-year-old had been missing for four days.

    An FBI investigation into her death eventually led to the arrest of Robert Spoonhunter and Kyeren Tillman, 19, both Arapahoe residents.

    Spoonhunter has been charged in federal court with assault resulting in serious bodily injury, while Tillman faces a charge of sexual abuse of a minor, according to a media release U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts sent out last week.

    The two men could face additional or different charges as the investigation continues, according to John Powell, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Cheyenne.

    Court documents relating to the case made public this week give a disturbing narrative of what led to the girl's death. While the victim's name and age is redacted in the criminal complaint, Marisa Spoonhunter's family members have previously identified her.

    On April 2, Robert Spoonhunter and Tillman were on the reservation along with Marisa Spoonhunter. After going to a home on Givens Road, the group began drinking alcohol, according to court documents.

    At some point, according to the documents, "Robert Spoonhunter began to feel the effects of the alcohol and may have fallen asleep for a short time."

    He awoke a short time later and found his sister and Tillman engaged in sexual activity in a bedroom, according to court documents.

    Authorities say Robert Spoonhunter told them he "became angry," threw Tillman out of the room and put his sister in a choke-hold. After he held her for roughly 20 seconds, she went limp. He then threw her "away from him" and her body hit a weight bench, according to court documents.

    Spoonhunter told an FBI special agent he believed her head might have struck a metal part of the bench "because he heard what sounded to him like her skull hitting the metal," authorities say.

    Spoonhunter then left the room. Tillman later told him the girl was "out," authorities say.

    Tillman, who is referred to as Robert Spoonhunter's step-cousin in court documents, began dragging her body toward the home's front door with the help of a rope. Spoonhunter helped Tillman carry the girl's body out of the residence, authorities say.

    Her body was left beneath a tree, according to court documents.

    Authorities say later that night, Tillman and Spoonhunter resumed drinking at a neighboring house, where they agreed "to not discuss the matter with anyone."

    In a separate interview with FBI agents, Tillman said the girl's clothes were put in a "burn barrel," authorities say.

    Two days after Marisa Spoonhunter's body was found, an autopsy was conducted in Loveland, Colo. The criminal complaint, which was filed Tuesday, states the autopsy has "yet to reveal a cause of death and a host of additional tests are still pending."

    However, the doctor who performed the procedure told investigators the girl had suffered "various contusions and abrasions" on her face and head. He ultimately determined she had suffered a subdural hematoma, which is usually the result of trauma to the head. According to court documents, the doctor said the injury "is consistent with being caused by her head hitting a weight bench."

    Spoonhunter, who waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, remains in the custody of U.S. Marshals Service.

    Tillman is in the custody of Wind River Indian Reservation officials for an unrelated matter. When that matter is settled, he will be formally charged in federal court, Powell said.

    Marisa Spoonhunter was an eighth-grader at Wyoming Indian Middle School.

    Reach crime reporter William Browning at (307) 266-0534 or at william.browning@trib.com.

    here's an idea.......why didnt he choke the 19 year old that was on top of his sister instead. gutless coward

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbl8201 View Post
    here's an idea.......why didnt he choke the 19 year old that was on top of his sister instead. gutless coward
    I didn't feel hitting the thanks button was enough. I couldn't agree more.
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    sounds like some twisted so-called "honor" killing...
    Just my opinion, of course.

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    Very twisted. Could also be the rage of incestuous jealousy.

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    Brother indicted in girl's death on reservation
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    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The brother of a 13-year-old Ethete girl found dead on the Wind River Indian Reservation in April has been indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in her death.

    Thirteen-year-old Marisa Spoonhunter was found dead April 7 near Ethete. Her brother, 21-year-old Robert Spoonhunter of Arapahoe pleaded not guilty to the murder charge last week in Cheyenne.

    The indictment also charges 19-year-old Kyeren Tillman of Arapahoe with being an accessory after the fact to the girl's murder and with sexual abuse of a minor. He pleaded not guilty last week.

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    Just came across this fairly recent article.

    Robert Spoonhunter got 13 years in the murder of his sister.

    The article is about crime where Marisa hails from and Reservation laws.



    http://www.nativetimes.com/news/crim...ervation-crime



    RIP pretty girl.



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