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Man Guilty In 1987 Killing On Lummi Reservation

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SEATTLE (AP) - A federal jury has found a Vietnam veteran guilty
of first-degree murder in the death of a woman on the Lummi Indian
reservation near Bellingham 21 years ago.
Henry Keeler Redlightning faces an automatic sentence of life in
prison for the death of Rita Disangh. Redlightning confessed to FBI
agents last year that he strangled her after a party at Fish Point,
leaving her body in a slough of the Nooksack River.
Redlightning's lawyers took issue with the way the confession
was obtained. They said FBI agents triggered his post-traumatic
stress disorder by asking him about Vietnam before asking him about
the murder, and that made him susceptible to giving a false
confession.
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Diggs says Redlightning
provided details that matched the facts of the crime. The jury
deliberated for about five hours before returning its verdict.
      
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