First trial set for murder, rape of Navajo woman

A 24-year-old man is set to go to trial in January 2008 for the rape and murder of Nicole Leigh Redhorse, a Navajo woman.

Derrick Nelson Begaye pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and felony sexual assault. Two others -- Carlton Lee Yazzie and Harold Nakai -- are awaiting arraignment on the same charges.

Police said the three men gave Redhorse, 34, so much alcohol that she passed out. She was found dead in a hotel room in Durango, Colorado.

Nakai had an on-and-off-again relationship with Redhorse, police said.

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Trial set for one of accused men in Redhorse murder (The Farmington Daily Times 8/28)

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Violence against Native American and Alaska Native Women (April 24, 2007)

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