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Date: 06-29-2021

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United States of America v. Jordan Everett Stevens

Case Number: 1:19-cr-02038-SAB

Judge: Stanley A Bastian

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (Yakima County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office

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Jordan Everett Stevens, an Indian, of First Degree Murder in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1111, 1153 and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)(iii).

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on or about April 30, 2019, Stevens assaulted a woman in Toppenish, Washington. A potential witness, ACM, a Native American female, was near the location of the assault and had a conversation with responding police officers. Stevens erroneously believed that ACM provided information to the police. On May 3, 2019, Stevens and two females drove ACM to a rural section of the Yakama reservation. Stevens pulled ACM out of the vehicle and shot her in the head as payback for speaking with the police. Stevens threatened to kill the female witnesses if they told anyone about the murder.

The FBI was alerted by a family member that ACM was missing and immediately began an investigation. In late May 2019, the FBI tracked down one of the female witnesses who identified Stevens as ACM’s killer. On May 29, 2019, the FBI found ACM’s body in a remote area of the Yakama Indian Reservation. Shortly after the FBI found the second female witness who confirmed what had happened to ACM. On July 17, 2019, an Indictment was filed charging Stevens with Discharge of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, and First Degree Murder.

On June 7, 2021, a jury trial began at the federal courthouse in Yakima. Multiple witnesses were reluctant to testify out of fear of retribution and refused to appear for court. They were subsequently apprehended with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service and testified at the trial. On June 10, 2021, a federal jury found the Defendant guilty of First Degree Murder and Discharge of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence. A conviction for First Degree Murder carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. On June 10, 2021, the Honorable Stanley Bastian ordered a sentencing hearing to take place on September 1, 2021.

Acting United States Attorney Harrington said, “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington commends the officers with the Yakama Nation Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office who investigated this case. Their seamless partnership resulted in the successful outcome of this senseless murder. Investigating and prosecuting cases involving Missing and Murdered Indigenous Person (MMIP) is a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington. This Office is committed to prosecuting aggressively cases involving violent acts committed against Native American women who reside on Reservation lands within this District.”

“Too often, violence on the reservation results in the tragic and senseless loss of life,” said Donald M. Voiret, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle Field Office. “The FBI is committed to combatting crime on our state’s reservations. Stevens will have the rest of his life in prison to contemplate his choices.”

This case was investigated by the Yakama Nation Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Benjamin D. Seal and Richard C. Burson, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.

18 USC §§ 113(a)(1), 1153 Assault with Intent to Commit Murder
18 USC § 924(c)(1)(A)(viii) Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence
18 USC § 1111, 1153 First Degree Murder
18 USC § 924(c)(1)(A)(iii) Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence

Outcome: 06/28/2021 157 NOTICE OF FILING OF OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT of *Excerpt* of trial testimony of Jennifer Van Dyke. Proceedings held on 06/09/2021 in Yakima, Washington before Chief Judge Stanley A Bastian. Page Numbers: 1-27 as to Jordan Everett Stevens (1).

Parties have seven (7) business days to file with the court a Notice of Intent to Request Redaction of this transcript. If no such Notice is filed, the transcript may be made remotely electronically available to the public without redaction after 90 calendar days.

Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through PACER.

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To purchase a copy of the transcript contact Court Reporter/Transcriber Marilynn McMartin at 509-573-6613 or Redaction Request due 7/19/2021. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 7/29/2021. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 9/27/2021. (McMartin, Marilynn) (Entered: 06/28/2021)

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