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United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington

 Two Lummi Tribal Members Charged In Stabbing Death Of Third Tribal Member

Men Allegedly Stabbed Victim During Robbery

December 21, 2011

Two members of the Lummi Tribe have been charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of another Lummi Tribal member in a home on Lummi tribal trust land near Bellingham, Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. JOHNATHAN CASEY PHAIR, 24, was arrested December 20, 2011, in connection with the December 17, 2011, stabbing death of Lamar Felipe James. A second defendant, DEZI-REY THOMAS LOUIE, 22, is still being sought by law enforcement.

According to the criminal complaint, PHAIR and LOUIE attacked James in a home on Smokehouse Road in Bellingham. The men robbed James and fled the home. Witnesses heard James yelling for help. When police and medics arrived, James was still conscious and was able to provide information about one of his attackers. James died a short time later from multiple stab wounds.

First degree murder is punishable by up to life in prison.

The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by the FBI and Lummi Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Susan Roe.



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