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Federal charges filed for 2018 killing, assault

A federal grand jury has charged a 34-year-old Carnegie man with the Sept. 11, 2018, killing of one man and assault of a woman in Indian Country.

Isaiah Whitefox Redbird was charged with premeditated murder and assault with the intent to commit murder, according to U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.

According to an indictment returned by a federal grand jury Wednesday, Redbird deliberately killed Byron Scott Yeahquo-Tongkeamah Jr., 32, by striking him on the head with a blunt force instrument (a crowbar) on tribal land in Carnegie. He also is charged in a separate count with assaulting a 23-year-old woman on the same day with the intent to commit murder.

Carnegie police found the woman suffering from severe head injuries walking on a street in Carnegie the morning of Sept. 12, 2018. According to the indictment, she could not remember how she sustained her injuries. Police found her boyfriend, Tongeamah, also known as “Subee,” later that morning. He was under the carport of an abandoned residence where they had been sleeping. The abandoned residence is in Indian Country, and Tongeamah and the woman are both Native Americans.

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