Man charged in death of woman near Tuba City

Man charged in death of woman near Tuba City

CREATED Oct. 12, 2012

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have charged a man with second-degree murder in the death of a woman near Tuba City on the Navajo reservation.

Steven Begaye had his initial appearance Thursday in U.S. Magistrate Court in Flagstaff.

He's accused in a criminal complaint of killing the 58-year-old woman by punching her in the stomach, dumping her body at Black Mesa and then using a broken beer bottle to cut her.

Begaye told authorities that he had become angry at the woman because she was making sexual advances toward him.

Authorities haven't identified the woman. They say she likely was killed in mid-September, but her body wasn't found until last week.

A medical examiner listed the cause of death as homicidal violence.

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