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6/27/2013 6:00:00 AM
Brutal murder on Indian reservation leads to arrest
Mario Chagolla Jr.
Mario Chagolla Jr.
By Jon Hutchinson
Special to The Courier

CAMP VERDE - A homicide on the Camp Verde Yavapai-Apache Reservation is the stuff of horror movies.

The details are spelled out in a complaint filed with the U.S. Magistrate in Flagstaff that charges Mario Chagolla Jr. with first-degree murder in the killing of Dwayne Beauty, a tribal member.

The court documents, submitted by an FBI special agent, reports that Dwayne Beauty, 40, had been reported missing. A tribal police officer learned that five men were at a home on Evans Street in Camp Verde drinking and playing cards June 16 before Beauty vanished.

The men included Dwayne Beauty and Mario Chagolla Jr.

According to the complaint filed in Federal Court, Chagolla Jr., 35, told one of the other men that he was going to "get that mark," referring to Beauty.

Later, Chagolla was in the kitchen with Beauty when he attacked him, according to the complaint. After Beauty fell to the ground, Chagolla Jr. reportedly begun kicking the man and Beauty eventually passed out.

Chagolla Jr. then is accused of using duct tape to tie Beauty's hands behind his back and then began stabbing him with a kitchen knife, only stopping when the knife broke on Beauty's head.

Others at the house claimed Chagolla Jr. left the Evans Street residence for a while, returning later with a circular saw. The report said the accused used that saw to cut off Beauty's head, hands and legs, reportedly holding up the head and yelling, "that's what you get for messing with somebody else's girl."

Chagolla Jr. told one of the others that he was going to take care of Beauty because he claimed that Beauty had killed his girlfriend, Kathy Englund, who had died several weeks earlier.

In an attempt to cover up the man's identity, Chagolla Jr. is said to have used pliers to pull out all of the dead man's teeth and then put the teeth and hands in a fireplace to burn them up.

Chagolla Jr. reportedly told family members he had been involved in a murder and had burned the body at the Boot Hill home, where the family lived. Mario Chagolla Jr. occasionally stayed in a trailer on the property. His father told authorities he believed his son was involved in a homicide.

When the Marshal's Office came to the house, the man's father said his sister had complained the car smelled and worried there was a body in the trunk. Chagolla Jr. had claimed at first it was an elk, then he said it was a person he hit with the car.

According to the court document, investigators found teeth and human bone fragments in the wood stove at the Evans Street house. They also recovered bone fragments and a broken knife from a burn barrel at the Boot Hill house.

Chagolla Jr., arrested on Monday, originally was ordered held without bond in the Coconino County Jail, but was transferred to another facility Wednesday morning.



Jon Hutchinson is a reporter for the Verde Independent


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: tragic situation

What everyone is forgetting is that the victim has a family and three children grieving for him. The saddest part is that those involved grew up with the victim. The entire Indian community is in shock and disbelief in the wake of this horrific crime.

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
Article comment by: Northern Star

Stop this insensitive banter ! There are people that loved this poor victim . Some of you that comment in this paper are just appalling!
Stop and think of family, friends and loved ones first, please!


Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: @Joe Justice

I'm sure your comments were made in jest, however, I find them insensitive and distasteful. This was a violent act, not an 'unfortunate mistake'.

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: To Tounge In Cheek

Maybe the headline states where it happened....because that's where it happened. I would bet that it has NOTHING to do with race. Wow, sensitive are we?

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: oh brother

This clown left a bigger evidence trail than O.J.

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

What is the significance of the headline qualifying this occurred on an "Indian Reservation"? Is that just to help our society segment by race, as to how these things happen?

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Justice

I do think that this gentleman might be one of the few people who truly do need go through a court ordered domestic violence program....
And most definitely he also needs to go through a wood shop training program to learn the proper use of a circular saw....Background checks for saws woulda solved this unfortunate mistake...
Thank You, Joe




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