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Closing Arguments Thursday in Bagola Murder Trial

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 UPDATE

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The Fargo trial's winding down for a man accused of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

Closing arguments are Thursday in the case of 20-year-old Valentino "Tino" Bagola.

He's charged with murder for the May 2011 slayings of 9-year-old Destiny Jane Shaw-Dubois and her 6-year-old brother, Travis Lee DuBois Jr. in St. Michael.

Their mother found their bodies under a mattress at the home she had once shared with the sibling's father.

Authorities allege that Bagola stabbed the children to death after he sexually assaulted the girl, and that he did so because he was angry at their father but couldn't find him.

The defense alleges that the children's father, Travis Dubois Sr., killed them. He denies the claim.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 UPDATE

An FBI forensic examiner says DNA from murder suspect Valentino Bagola was found underneath the fingernails of one of the two children he's accused of murdering on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

Bagola is on trial in Fargo for the May 2011 deaths of 9-year-old Destiny Shaw-DuBois and her 6-year-old brother, Travis DuBois Jr.

Authorities allege Bagola stabbed the two children to death after sexually assaulting the girl. His defense claims the children's father confessed to the killings. 

FBI examiner Chastity Davis testified Tuesday that the DNA likely got underneath the fingernails through scratching. But Davis also said she could not rule out casual contact. 

Davis also said Bagola's DNA was not found on knives that authorities believe to be the murder weapons.

During testimony on Monday the father of two slain children said he felt pressured by FBI agents to confess to killing them. 

Travis DuBois Sr. has not been charged in the deaths and says he didn't kill or hurt the children.

Authorities say Bagola was angry with the children's father but couldn't find him and instead took out his rage on the children.

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