Trial begins in 2019 fatal shooting on Yakima reservation

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury trial of a man accused of murdering a Toppenish woman begins Monday in U.S. District Court in Yakima. Jordan Everett Stevens was charged with first-degree murder in the July 17, 2019, death of 25-year-old Alillia “Lala” Minthorn. Minthorn was missing for nearly a month before her body was discovered in the hills north of Brownstown in a closed area of the Yakama reservation on May 29, 2019. She had been shot in the head. The trial is in federal court because Minthorn and Stevens are Native American and the murder occurred on tribal land, where the FBI often assumes jurisdiction in violent crimes.