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Teen is charged in slaying of nun

November 07, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A teenager has been charged by federal authorities with killing a nun whose body was found in her Navajo Nation home earlier this week.

Federal court documents show that 19-year-old Reehahlio Carroll of Navajo, N.M., was charged with "the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought."

FBI spokesman Darrin Jones confirmed Carroll is accused of killing 64-year-old Sister Marguerite Bartz. She served at St. Berard Catholic Church in the tiny town on the Navajo reservation. Her body was discovered after she didn't show up for Sunday Mass.

Carroll was arrested Thursday and charged under Navajo law with the unauthorized use of a car that was reported stolen a day earlier.

Navajo police Capt. Ivan Tsosie said the car had belonged to Bartz.

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