- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Two more people are charged in the gruesome killing of a man whose body was dismembered and burned after a card game on the Yavapai-Apache reservation, authorities said.

Theodore Gia and Larry Telese are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix. A grand jury indicted them last month on second-degree murder and other charges in the 2013 death of Dwayne Beauty, a member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

Prosecutors say Gia, Telese and Mario Chagolla Jr. conspired to attack Beauty and tried to conceal the crime. Beauty was stabbed to death before his body was dismembered with a circular saw and pliers, his teeth and hands burned in a stove and other parts in a barrel, according to court documents.

The handful of people gathered at Gia’s home that night all were drinking heavily and gave inconsistent statements to law enforcement, authorities said. Authorities learned about the killing when Chagolla’s father told them he thought his son was involved in a homicide after seeing what appeared to be human skeletal remains in a barrel outside his home, according to court documents.

Gia’s attorney had no comment Tuesday, and Telese’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Court documents offer a possible motive for the killing as retaliation for the death of Gia’s girlfriend, Kathy Englund, at a gathering months earlier. However, a medical examiner determined Englund died of acute alcohol poisoning, with a blood-alcohol content more than five times Arizona’s limit for drunken driving. Foul play was ruled out.

Gia and Telese told authorities that they played a part in disposing of Beauty’s body, with Gia providing a knife and duct tape, and both of them placing Beauty’s remains in a trash bag or car. Authorities have questioned the reliability of the statements. Prosecutors also were burdened by not having much physical evidence because no knife with Beauty’s blood on it was found and no duct tape was recovered. A circular saw in Chagolla’s car that authorities first believed he used to dismember the victim had no blood on it.

Prosecutors earlier this year sought to resolve the case against Chagolla, who was charged with first-degree murder, in part because of inconsistent witness statements. Chagolla pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, but U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa rejected the plea deal, saying a 10-year sentence was too lenient for the crime.

The superseding indictment that charged Gia and Telese also reduced the murder charge against Chagolla to second-degree. He has pleaded not guilty.

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