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Two members of Navajo Nation face federal murder charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Timothy Chischilly, 48, and Stacy Yellowhorse, 48, of Mexican Springs, New Mexico, appeared in federal court in Albuquerque on Feb. 4 for detention hearings on a criminal complaint charging them with murder.  A federal magistrate judge ordered them to remain in custody pending trial. 

            According to the criminal complaint, Chischilly and Yellowhorse allegedly committed the murder within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation, in McKinley County, in late January 2020.  The victim was allegedly beaten to death with a sledgehammer.  Chischilly and Yellowhorse are members of the Navajo Nation. 

            The FBI arrested Chischilly and Yellowhorse on February 2. They face up to life in prison if convicted of the charged offense.  A criminal complaint is only an accusation.  Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

            The Gallup office of the FBI investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department, the Gallup Police Department, and the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison Jaros is prosecuting the case.

Updated February 27, 2020

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 20-014