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Man charged in Navajo Nation homicide

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A suspect is behind bars after authorities say he fatally stabbed a man in late March in Church Rock.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said 35-year-old Blaine Morgan was arrested on Monday and charged with murder in the March 29 death. Fisher did not identify the man who was killed.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court:

On March 29 a man was stabbed multiple times outside a trailer in Church Rock and was pronounced dead at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. Morgan turned himself into the Navajo Police Department soon after the slaying, telling authorities it was self-defense.

Witnesses told agents Morgan and the man were arguing about work before escalating into a physical fight that ended when Morgan stabbed the man and walked away “like nothing happened.”

Morgan told authorities he was hit in the head and pulled the knife to defend himself, waving it at the other man “from side to side.” Agents say there were no “wounds of any kind” on Morgan’s head and injuries to the victim were not slashes as he described.

“Morgan stated he did not know why the wounds were different,” an agent wrote. “Morgan stated he wasn’t sure what he did and could have done it another way.”

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