Keith Hanks, accused of killing Duran Jackson in Poplar last week, made his first appearance in tribal court on Thursday.
Hanks, 33 years old, was arraigned in Fort Peck Tribal Court on a charge of murder for the death of Jackson, 19, on the reservation.
According to court documents, Jackson was stabbed to death on Friday morning on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
The judge asked Hanks if he was enrolled as a tribal member and he said he was, but he is not a member of the Fort Peck tribe.
The relationship between the two men is unclear.
Scott Siefert, the Fort Peck Tribal Attorney, said that a second suspect is not in custody.
In an obituary posted on the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel’s website, Jackson is described as a loving father who was deeply proud of his Native culture.
According to the obituary, Jackson served in the Montana National Guard as a 91E Allied Trade Specialist.
Investigators have not commented on a motive.
Hanks is being held in tribal jail.
We will update you when we get more information.
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