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Two charged in killing of New Town man

Fight broke out in trailer park before two men assaulted another, court documents allege.

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NEW TOWN, N.D. — Two men have been federally charged with killing a New Town man during a fight in October.

Edward C. Finley of New Town and Kenneth B. Grady of Billings, Montana, both 30, were charged Thursday, Dec. 2, with second-degree murder in connection to the Oct. 12 death of 38-year-old Valentino White Jr. They are being held at the Ward County Detention Center in Minot.

According to court documents:

White, Finley and Grady were at a trailer house at the Riverview Trailer Court in New Town when an argument broke out between White and his friend, Garrett Smith. White had been holding a knife, and Smith tried to take it away. Smith then headbutted White, who sat in a chair.

Grady told police he and Finley wanted White to leave before another argument broke out. That’s when Finley punched White in the head, and White fell to the ground.

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Finley and Grady then proceeded to assault White for more than a minute, punching and kicking him multiple times, court documents said.

All three men are members of the Three Affiliated Tribes. Federal courts have jurisdiction over a crime allegedly committed by a Native American against a tribal member on reservations.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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