Woman Charged in Crow Reservation Murder
A woman named Vernelle Badbear has been charged with murder in the death of 38-year-old Freman Bends, whose body was found on Saturday on the Crow Reservation. Badbear has been arraigned on a charge of deliberate homicide, according to Crow Tribal Court Prosecutor Robert LaFountain. She was being held on a $100,000 bond, though LaFountain could not say which of the Bureau of Indian Affairs facilities she was being held in.
The FBI is also investigating the death of 41-year-old Julia Stump, whose body was found in Lame Deer, on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, according to an FBI Spokesperson. The death was being investigated as a homicide. The deaths are not believed to be related. It was not clear when Stump died. Bends’ body was discovered on the Crow Reservation over the weekend and the FBI is investigating, according to Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis.