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Published September 05, 2013, 06:15 PM

Jury hears taped interviews of suspect admitting to sexual abuse, stabbing of Spirit Lake children

20-year-old Valentino Bagola admits in taped interviews to stabbing and sexually abusing children on the Spirit Lake reservation. The jury viewed the interviews between Bagola and the FBI Thursday as the murder trial continues in Fargo.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

20-year-old Valentino Bagola admits in taped interviews to stabbing and sexually abusing children on the Spirit Lake reservation. The jury viewed the interviews between Bagola and the FBI Thursday as the murder trial continues in Fargo.

Bagola is accused of killing his cousins, 6-year-old Travis Lee DuBois Jr., and his 9-year-old sister Destiny Jane Shaw-DuBois on the Spirit Lake Reservation. The case helped lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs to takeover the Spirit Lake Tribe's Child Protection Services last year.

In the interviews viewed Thursday by the jury, Bagola says the children's father, Travis Sr., was teasing him trying to start a fight while watching a basketball game, which angered Bagola. Bagola said he left, but later that night he snuck back into the basement window of the home looking for Travis Senior. Unable to find him, Bagola says in the tape he quote 'took it out on the kids.' Bagola said all he could think about was Travis Sr., so he stabbed Travis Jr. first and then stabbed Destiny, both multiple times. Bagola also admitted to sexually assaulting Destiny. In one of the interviews, Bagola said he babysat for the children on multiple occasions.

Bagola faces four felony counts of murder. The maximum penalty for each is life in prison.

The prosecution says the trial could last between two to three weeks.

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