James Cloud

James Cloud has prior convictions for burglary, theft, possession of stolen property and vehicle theft. In 2010, he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for a residential burglary in White Swan in which he stole two handguns.

A suspect in the slaying of five people in White Swan last week was arraigned in federal court on weapons and carjacking charges Friday.

Wearing handcuffs, a waist chain and leg irons, James Dean Cloud appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Dimke. Cloud was one of four people arrested in connection with the homicides and was indicted along with Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud on charges of brandishing a firearm during a violent crime and carjacking.

Cloud spoke only to answer Dimke’s questions about whether he understood his rights and the charges against him.

Authorities say Catherine Eneas, 49, Michelle Starnes, 51, John Cagle, 59, Thomas Hernandez, 36, and Dennis Overacker, 61, were fatally shot June 8 at a trailer home in the 5100 block of Medicine Valley Road. All but Overacker were killed in the home, authorities said, while Overacker was shot in his truck in the driveway and was found in the 3400 block of Evans Road.


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Morris Jackson and Natasha Mae Jackson were also arrested in connection with the case and are in the Yakama Nation jail.

The FBI, which typically investigates serious crimes that occur on the Yakama Nation’s reservation, is leading the investigation.

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