ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a change of plea hearing for a man accused of killing Navajo girl (all times local):
A man charged with murder and other counts in the death of an 11-year-old girl in a remote part of the largest American Indian reservation has changed his plea to guilty in a case that prompted an effort to expand the Amber Alert system to tribal communities.
Defendant Tom Begaye entered his plea Tuesday at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque as family members of victim Ashlynne Mike cried.
Prosecutors say Begaye lured Mike into his van in May 2016 and sexually assaulted her. Mike was reported missing, but an Amber Alert didn't go out in the state until the next day.
The girl was later found dead near the Arizona-New Mexico border.
A man charged in the death of an 11-year-old girl in a remote part of the largest American Indian reservation is headed to federal court.
Tom Begaye is scheduled Tuesday to attend a change-of-plea hearing in federal court. But it is not known if his lawyers and federal prosecutors have struck a deal. Begaye previously pleaded not guilty to murder, sexual abuse and other charges.
Begaye is accused of luring Ashlynne Mike into his van in May 2016. Mike was reported missing, but an Amber Alert didn't go out until the next day.
She was later found in an area near the Arizona-New Mexico border.
Her death prompted federal legislation that would expand the Amber Alert system to tribal communities.