- Associated Press - Friday, April 14, 2017

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The president of the Navajo Nation says he hopes the case against a man accused of gunning down a tribal police officer doesn’t languish in the federal court system.

Navajo President Russell Begaye urged the court to move forward and bring closure in a statement issued Friday, a day after Kirby Cleveland was indicted on murder and other charges stemming from the March 11 shooting of Officer Houston James Largo.

Cleveland has yet to enter a plea and remains in custody pending trial. His arraignment is scheduled for April 20 at the federal courthouse in Albuquerque.

Officials say U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will decide whether to seek life or death if Cleveland is convicted of the most serious charges.

Begaye says the officer’s family and the Navajo Nation are still mourning.

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