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Navajo Man Charged In Death Of Tribal Officer

By Stina Sieg
Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 5:37pm
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A Navajo man has been charged in last month’s shooting death of a tribal officer.

A federal indictment charges Kirby Cleveland with murder plus escape and firearms counts, stemming from the killing of Officer Houston James Largo. Largo was gunned down March 11 after he stopped a vehicle on a dark road while responding to a domestic violence call in a remote part of New Mexico. The escape charge alleges Cleveland escaped Feb. 26 from a halfway house.

Officials say U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will decide whether to seek life or death, if Cleveland is convicted of the most serious charges. A defense attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.