Bagola Trial - double murder case in the hands of twelve jurorsThe fate of Valentino Bagola lies in the hands of twelve jurors Thursday. The thirteen day trial wrapped up Thursday in the slayings of two children on the Spirit Lake Nation.
By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ
The fate of Valentino Bagola lies in the hands of twelve jurors Thursday. The thirteen day trial wrapped up Thursday in the slayings of two children on the Spirit Lake Nation. Jurors entered into deliberation at 1:45 pm trying to decide if Bagola killed his cousins. But, they were let out for the day just before 5pm Thursday and will reconvene Friday.
20-year-old Bagola is charged with stabbing and killing 9-year-old Destiny Shaw Dubois and her 6-year-old brother Travis Dubois Junior back in May of 2011. He is also accused of raping Destiny.
In closing arguments Thursday, the prosecution argued that Bagola's DNA found underneath Destiny's fingernails is more than enough to get a conviction. They also say Bagola knew details only a killer would know when they interrogated him. The defense countered -- saying many of those details were common knowledge by the time the FBI interrogated Bagola, 14 months after the killings. They blame the child's father, Travis Dubois Senior, for the murders.The defense says the father had a motive after his kids talked back to him the night they died.
Both sides claim to be right -- but now it's up to the jury. There's no telling when the jury will decide Bagola's fate. He's facing four counts of murder and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.