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2 charged in 2009 murder of Native American spiritual leader

November 27, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah police say they have charged two women in the 2009 death of a Native American spiritual leader after one of the women’s story about the events recently changed.

Authorities announced the charges in the cold case on Tuesday, nearly 10 years after the body of 62-year-old Lester Lloyd Janise was found in an apartment in a Salt Lake City suburb.

The 28-year-old Victoria Bigcrow Clown and the 29-year-old Jerah Jean Whipple Santos-Ramirez were charged with murder, robbery and obstruction of justice.

The two are represented by the Salt Lake Legal Defenders office, which hasn’t yet assigned the cases to attorneys.

The women said in 2009 that Janise was alive when they last saw him, but Clown changed her story this October. She says she heard Santos-Ramirez and Janise in a fight before they left.

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