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 killing of five people in White Swan is expected to appear in federal court Friday.

James Dean Cloud is scheduled for a 10 a.m. preliminary hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Dimke at the William O. Douglas Courthouse.

Cloud and Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud were indicted Tuesday on federal charges of carjacking and brandishing a dangerous weapon in connection with the Saturday slayings in the 5100 block of Medicine Valley Road. An earlier criminal complaint in U.S. District Court charged them with assault with a deadly weapon.

Records from the Northern Oregon Corrections Facility show that Donovan Cloud is still being held there on a fugitive warrant and a U.S. Marshal’s Service hold.

Two other suspects, Natasha Mae Jackson and Morris Jackson, remain in the Yakama Nation jail, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A check of federal court records shows no federal charges filed against either of the Jacksons as of Thursday afternoon.

The FBI is the lead investigator, since the homicides occurred on the Yakima Reservation. FBI representatives referred further questions about the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Spokane for comment.

George Jacobs, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney’s Office, said he could not comment on the status of the Jacksons, or when Donovan Cloud would be returned to Washington. He also declined to comment on a possible motive in the case.

Authorities say Catherine Eneas, 49, Michelle Starnes, 51, John Cagle, 59, Thomas Hernandez, 36, and Dennis Overacker, 61, were fatally shot Saturday afternoon. 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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Two passengers were also in the truck, and one was grazed by the gunfire, said Karen Overacker, Overacker’s sister.

Court records show that at the time he was killed, Hernandez was facing charges of burglary and motor vehicle theft in connection with a Tieton burglary. Cagle had prior convictions for drug possession in 1993, 2003 and 2006, as well as a second-degree escape after he fled the Wapato jail in 2013.

Starnes was convicted of forgery in 2003 and 2007, as well as drug possession in 2003, according to court records.

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