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YAKIMA, Wash. — A trial for the man accused of killing a young Native woman reported missing in early May has been continued to February.

Jordan Everett Stevens, 29, appeared in U.S. District Court in Yakima on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian moved a five-day trial to Feb. 10 at his attorney's request.

Stevens was indicted July 17 in the death of Alillia “Lala” Minthorn, 25. The four-count indictment followed a June 28 criminal complaint charging him with one count of first-degree murder. His trial initially was set to begin Sept. 23.

Minthorn’s body was found May 29 in a remote location on Ahtanum Ridge north of Brownstown, where a witness had told investigators she was shot May 3, according to court documents. An autopsy May 30 determined Minthorn died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Witnesses told investigators Stevens killed Minthorn because she “ratted” on him and another suspect by talking to investigators about an April 30 assault they allegedly committed near a homeless camp outside Toppenish, according to court documents.

The case was investigated by the FBI and is in federal court because Stevens and Minthorn are Yakama Nation citizens and the crime occurred on the Yakama reservation.

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