Suspect In Navajo Girl's Killing Expected To Change His Plea

Jul 31, 2017

Tom Begaye Jr.
Credit SAN JUAN COUNTY DETENTION CENTER

A man charged in the death of an 11-year-old girl in a remote part of the largest American Indian reservation is expected to change his plea.

Tom Begaye is scheduled to attend a change-of-plea hearing in federal court Tuesday, although it is not known if his lawyers and federal prosecutors have struck a deal. Begaye previously pleaded not guilty to murder, sexual abuse and other charges.

Begaye is accused of luring Ashlynne Mike into his van in May 2016. Mike was reported missing, but an Amber Alert didn't go out until the next day.

She was later found in an area near the Arizona-New Mexico border.

Her death prompted federal legislation that would expand the Amber Alert system to tribal communities.