New Mexico man in brother’s ax killing pleads not guilty

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) – A northwestern New Mexico man who authorities said killed his brother with an ax has pleaded not guilty.

The Gallup Independent reports that Charley Joe Jr., of Shiprock, entered his plea Wednesday before a federal magistrate judge in Albuquerque.

According to investigators, Joe killed his brother with an ax in August following an argument over property. Authorities say Joe lived in a hogan next to the brother’s home on the Navajo Nation.

Joe was arrested at the Shiprock Chapter House where he was attending a meeting of family members discussing funeral arrangements for brother.

No trial date has been scheduled. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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