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8/22/2013 3:42:00 PM
Chagolla pleads not guilty in Beauty killing
Mario Chagolla Jr.
Mario Chagolla Jr.

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

PRESCOTT -- Mario Chagolla Jr. of Camp Verde has filed a plea of not guilty in the grisly murder of Dwayne Beauty June 16 at a home on Evans Street in Camp Verde.

The murder is alleged to be pre-meditated at a time that five men met for cards on the Yavapai Apache Reservation. A U.S. Special Agent says Chagolla wanted revenge for the alleged killing of Kathy Englund several weeks earlier and told another man that he was going to "get that mark," referring to Beauty.

Beauty was never implicated by authorities in connection with the death of Englund.

Chagolla reportedly stabbed Beauty repeatedly in the kitchen of the home and then used a circular saw to dismember the man's body.

To disguise the act, Chagolla then burned the remains in a burning barrel at his father's property on Boot Hill in Camp Verde, according to the report.

Chagolla's attorney, Deborah Williams, has asked Judge Neil V. Wake for additional time to file pre-trial motions. The trial is set for the Prescott District Court building. The 35-year-old Chagolla is not expected to return to court until early November.

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