FROM THE ARCHIVE

Man allegedly killed over 'squaw' comment

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2002

The sister of accused murdered Benjamin Humphrey said her brother acted because a man referred to her with the derogatory term "squaw."

Benjamin Humphrey, 29, pleaded innocent to the murder of Derek Rogers, a Canadian citizen. According to The Portland Press-Herald, Angela Kelly Humphrey told police that Rogers was making offensive statements and when she tried to change the subject, he called her a "squaw."

The alleged murder took place on July 31 in Maine. Humphrey and his girlfriend were arrested in South Dakota recently.

The Press-Herald does not include the word "squaw" in its report. The term was included by the Associated Press.

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Suspect pleads innocent in tourist's violent death (The Portland Press-Herald 10/29)