GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge says statements taken from a North Dakota man after he was accused of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Nation should be admitted as evidence.
Valentino "Tino" Bagola is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the death of 9-year-old Destiny Shaw and 6-year-old brother Travis DuBois Jr. Their mother found their bodies on May 21, 2011, beneath a mattress at the home she had once shared with the siblings' father.
Prosecutors say Bagola told FBI agents he sexually assaulted the girl and stabbed the boy. Defense attorney Christopher Lancaster says FBI agents obtained statements from Bagola inappropriately.
U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson on Friday ruled against the defense motion.
Trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 3 in Fargo.