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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lapwai Man Indicted For First Degree Murder

COEUR D’ALENE – Raymond Antoine Scott, Jr., 37, of Lapwai, Idaho, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d’Alene yesterday for first degree murder, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Scott is currently being held at the Yakama Tribal Jail in Toppenish, Washington. An initial appearance in federal court has not been set.

The indictment alleges that on or about July 9, 2013, within the boundaries of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, Scott, an enrolled tribal member, killed William Reich, also an enrolled tribal member.

The charge of first degree murder is punishable by life in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Nez Perce Tribal Police, and the Lewiston City Police Department.

An indictment is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.