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Published September 04, 2013, 05:37 PM

Bagola trial begins

The murder trial started today for a man accused of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. Wednesday marked day 2 of the murder trial of Valentino James Bagola in U.S. District court in Fargo. Bagola is accused of killing 6-year-old Travis Lee DuBois Jr., and his 9-year-old sister Destiny Jane Shaw-DuBois two years ago.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

The murder trial started today for a man accused of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. Wednesday marked day 2 of the murder trial of Valentino James Bagola in U.S. District court in Fargo. Bagola is accused of killing 6-year-old Travis Lee DuBois Jr., and his 9-year-old sister Destiny Jane Shaw-DuBois two years ago.

The prosecution wasted no time making its case today that 20-year-old Valentino Bagola killed Travis DuBois Jr. and Destiny Jane DuBois. The two children were found dead on the Spirit Lake reservation on May 21st, of 2011.

Their bodies were found under a mattress in the home of their father, Travis DuBois. Officials said it appeared the children had been dead for several days, and suffered dozens of stab wounds by knife. On Wednesday the prosecution said that Travis Sr. was the main suspect in the case until DNA found underneath Destiny's fingernails matched that of Bagola's.

The defense said there wasn't enough DNA under the nails to make that conclusion. The prosecution also played the emotional, eight minute long 911 call made by the siblings' 17-year-old half-sister. DuBois already admitted to FBI agents in two taped interviews and a written statement that he sexually assaulted Destiny and stabbed Travis. The prosecution says the trial could last between two to three weeks.

Several more witnesses are expected to take the stand in that time, including more FBI agents and the medical examiner. Bagola faces four felony counts of murder. The maximun penalty for each is life in prison.

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