The case arises out of the murder
of the priest of St. Anthony's Church,
which occurred in the church rectory.
Thirty years ago, in the early morning hours
of a November day, the defendant appeared
at the county sheriff's department and said
that he wished to speak to officers.
Upon the officers' arrival, the defendant
told the officers, without any questioning:
"I killed the priest at St. Anthony's."
One officer went to check the rectory.
There he found the priest's body
Crumpled and bleeding
From multiple stab wounds.
The cause of death was massive hemorrhaging.
Six stab wounds in the chest, two to the abdomen,
and a slashed throat. The heart bled out.
It was reported that sources "close to the situation"
held conflicting theories concerning the motive.
Some police believed the priest surprised
the defendant in the midst of a burglary.
Others believed the death might have resulted
from "strong differences" between the priest, who was white,
and many youth of the Indian tribe to which the defendant belonged.
At trial the defendant would testify
That it happened when he passed the rectory,
and, thinking the priest was out of town,
he broke in to steal valuables.
He said that he was taking silver from a desk,
when the priest came in and grabbed the knife.
They grappled and struggled.
The next thing he remembered
was cutting the priest's throat.
Afterwards he threw the knife in the river,
and then went to the police station to confess.
The jury found the defendant guilty
of burglary and second-degree murder.
His sentences were 10 and 22 years, concurrent.