Identity of Person Arrested in Murdered Nun Case Finally Confirmed; Thanks for Nothing FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been entirely unhelpful in allowing the media to properly report just about anything regarding the nun murdered in New Mexico over the weekend.
Last week the bureau told us the murdered nun's car was found somewhere in Arizona -- two days later it told us where. Yesterday, the FBI told us it made an arrest but refused to tell us who was arrested.
The Associated Press was having the same problem we've had in trying to get any information from the super-secret agency (check it out here). However, today, two days after making an arrest, the federal fuzz confirmed the identity of the person it believes murdered 64-year-old Marguerite Bartz.
FBI spokesman Darrin Jones has finally confirmed to Townhall.com, after the paper had to track down court documents identifying the suspect, that 19-year-old Reehahlio Carroll of Navajo, New Mexico, has been arrested and charged under Navajo law with "the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought."
The Associated Press tracked down a copy of the complaint, as well, which says Carroll broke into Bartz's home with the intention of robbing it. When he came into contact with the nun, he hit her in the face with a shoe. She went down and started screaming as Carroll continued to ransack Bartz's house. In an effort to keep her quiet, he tied a T-shirt over her mouth and proceeded to kick and punch her in the face and head.
The report claims that Carroll left Bartz to die. Bartz dead body was found by another nun the next day when she failed to show up for mass.
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