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Red Eagle charged with murder after reporting girlfriend's "suicide"

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Roxanne Morsette died in January from a gunshot wound to the face (Fort Peck Journal) Roxanne Morsette died in January from a gunshot wound to the face (Fort Peck Journal)
Red Eagle, 23 years old, has been charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a crime. Red Eagle, 23 years old, has been charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a crime.
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Delvin Red Eagle of Poplar, who reported his girlfriend Roxanne Morsette's death in January as a suicide, has been charged with the woman's murder.

Red Eagle, 23 years old, has been charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a crime.

Red Eagle recently pleaded not guilty to the charges in U.S. District Court in Great Falls.

Red Eagle allegedly used a rifle to shoot and kill 25-year-old Morsette on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Detective Ken Trottier said Red Eagle reported in January that Morsette had killed herself.

However, the investigation determined there was no way the Poplar High School graduate took her own life.

It's unclear how many times Morsette was shot, but her death certificate indicates she was shot in the face.

Red Eagle has refused to speak with investigators about the shooting.

Red Eagle is in custody.



(APRIL 8, 2016) The January death of Roxanne Morsette of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was reported to police as a suicide, but now detectives say it’s clear she did not take her own life.

Morsette, a 25-year-old tribal member, was found dead in her apartment on January 27, according to Ken Trottier, a special investigations supervisor for the Fort Peck Department of Law and Justice.

Morsette’s death was initially reported to authorities as a suicide.

But Trottier said the investigation has determined that Morsette's death was a homicide.

Morsette was killed by a single gunshot wound to the face.

According to the Fort Peck Journal, Morsette’s death record filed in Roosevelt County states that her boyfriend shot her in the face.

Trottier said Morsette’s boyfriend, who has not been named, is “absolutely” being investigated for his involvement.

“We treat every case as a homicide until things are ruled out,” said Trottier on Friday. “Nothing has been ruled out at this point except for suicide.”

Trottier said he could not offer additional comment on an open investigation.

The Journal reports that Morsette graduated from Poplar High School in 2008 and was the daughter of Farrell Simons of Poplar and Darian Morsette of Newtown, North Dakota.

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