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6/27/2013 11:09:00 AM
Chagolla Jr. alleged to have killed Dwayne Beauty over girlfriend homicide
Mario Chagolla Jr.
Mario Chagolla Jr.

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

A homicide on the Camp Verde Yavapai-Apache Reservation is the stuff of horror movies.

The details are spelled out in a complaint filed with the U.S. Magistrate in Flagstaff that charges Mario Chagolla Jr. with first-degree murder in the killing of Dwayne Beauty, a tribal member.

The court documents, submitted by an FBI special agent, reports that Dwayne Beauty, 40, had been reported missing. A tribal police officer learned that five men were at a home on Evans Street in Camp Verde drinking and playing cards June 16 before Beauty vanished.

The men included Dwayne Beauty and Mario Chagolla Jr.

According to the complaint filed in Federal Court, Chagolla Jr., 35, told one of the other men that he was going to "get that mark," referring to Beauty.

Later, Chagolla was in the kitchen with Beauty when he attacked him, according to the complaint. After Beauty fell to the ground, Chagolla Jr. reportedly begun kicking the man and Beauty eventually passed out.

Chagolla Jr. then is accused of using duct tape to tie Beauty's hands behind his back and then began stabbing him with a kitchen knife, only stopping when the knife broke on Beauty's head.

Others at the house claimed Chagolla Jr. left the Evans Street residence for a while, returning later with a circular saw. The report said the accused used that saw to cut off Beauty's head, hands and legs, reportedly holding up the head and yelling, "that's what you get for messing with somebody else's girl."

Chagolla Jr. told one of the others that he was going to take care of Beauty because he claimed that Beauty had killed his girlfriend, Kathy Englund, who had died several weeks earlier.

In an attempt to cover up the man's identity, Chagolla Jr. is said to have used pliers to pull out all of the dead man's teeth and then put the teeth and hands in a fire place to burn them up.

Chagolla Jr. reportedly told family members he had been involved in a murder and had burned the body at the Boot Hill home, where the family lived. Mario Chagolla Jr. occasionally stayed in a trailer on the property. His father told authorities he believed his son was involved in a homicide.

When the Marshal's Office came to the house, the man's father said his sister had complained the car smelled and worried there was a body in the trunk. Chagolla Jr. had claimed at first it was an elk, then he said it was a person he hit with the car.

According to the court document, investigators found teeth and human bone fragments in the wood stove at the Evans Street house. They also recovered bone fragments and a broken knife from a burn barrel at the Boot Hill house.

Chagolla Jr. originally was ordered held without bond in the Coconino County Jail, but was transferred to another facility Wednesday morning.


Camp Verde reservation murder implicates non-tribal man

CAMP VERDE -- Police from three agencies converged on a home on Boothill Drive in Camp Verde early Thursday morning. The police action, involving the FBI, Camp Verde Marshal's Office and the Yavapai Apache Police has been linked to the death of a Yavapai-Apache tribal member.

FBI Phoenix Media Coordinator, 
Special Agent Manuel Johnson has identified a suspect, but the name of the person who was killed has not been identified.

Johnson said that 35-year-old Mario Chagolla Jr. has been arrested and a complaint alleging first-degree murder was filed with in the U.S. Magistrates Court in Flagstaff.

Chagolla Jr. is jailed in Flagstaff and held without bond.

The Camp Verde Marshal's Office assisted the FBI and the Yavapai Apache Nation police in the recovery of human remains at a home on Boothill Drive where Chagolla lives. The body was sent to the medical examiner for further investigation.

At about 5 a.m. Thursday, CV Marshal's Office deputies were dispatched to a report of suspicious activity at the Boothill Drive residence. Shortly afterward, it was determined the suspicious activity was part of an investigation of a murder that occurred in the jurisdiction of the Yavapai Apache Nation. At that time, the residence and scene was turned over to the FBI and the Yavapai Apache P.D.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013
Article comment by: jon doe


Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Article comment by: Slaters Slater

People wonder why Arizonans carry weapons.
Lock your doors and keep a firearm in reach.
This isn't grandpa's Arizona anymore.

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013
Article comment by: Andrew Leonard

My mother is Kathy Englund
God works in weird ways.

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013
Article comment by: A relative

I understand everyone wants to know what happened and all the details of this horrific murder that Mario Chagolla Jr. has committed.
Please give the family of Dewayne Beauty some space and time to grasp what has happened and allow them to grieve in peace, as Natives we grieve in our own way and all this publicity is not helping. No one deserves this, the family especially.
Thank you

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
Article comment by: Mark Carroll

Hang all four of them!

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
Article comment by: Camp Verde

DUANE BEAUTY was our back door neighbor, bad or good, he did not deserve this. RIP Beauty

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous Anonymous

Where are the reports on the other 3 men who were at the residence when this happened? Were they witnesses or accomplices? Have they been arrested? Earlier reports states Chagolla Jr. was paid $750 to kill Beauty and now it's a crime of passion? And how did his girlfriend Kathy Englund die? There are a lot of gaps in this story that need to be filled in.

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: He needs to go apologize personally to his maker. Something broke in him and will never be fixed.

There is no penalty that can make it right for the families of all parties. But the killer must pay the ultimate penalty.

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Native Arizonian

Several years ago the chief of YAPD wanted to get the reservations gated to stop non-members coming and going freely on the reservation. This was scoffed at by the council at the time and rejected.

Mario Chagolla Jr., has had a long history of DV's on the rez and other criminal activities. At one time he was barred from being on the rez. I wish the YAN would do more to protect their members, the gated community idea is not such a bad idea when this happens on sacred ground.

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: dale ruff

In the past 2 months, a 12 yr old shot his father, a 4 yr old shot his 2 yr old brother, a guy dumped a dead body off, and now this grisly murder.

Maybe it's not such a great place to retire.

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