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Published October 29, 2013, 04:07 PM

Lawyer says government didn't prove Spirit Lake murder case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The lawyer for a man convicted of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota says his client should either be acquitted or granted a new trial.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The lawyer for a man convicted of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota says his client should either be acquitted or granted a new trial.

Defense attorney Christopher Lancaster on Monday filed separate motions for Valentino "Tino" Bagola, who is awaiting sentencing on two counts of felony murder.

A federal jury in September found Bagola guilty for the May 2011 slayings of 9-year-old Destiny Jane Shaw-Dubois and her 6-year-old brother, Travis Lee DuBois Jr.

Lancaster says the government did not prove its case and presented as evidence a confession that was coerced by an interrogation with several "gotcha" moments.

Bagola earlier this month filed court documents on his own asking to be released from prison because Lancaster did a poor job of defending him.

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