FLAGSTAFF, AZ - A federal judge has ordered a Kayenta man detained while he awaits trial on allegations that he raped and suffocated an 18-year-old woman.
According to court documents, Sankey Reid initially told authorities that he accidentally ran over Jamie Nix on Sunday in Kayenta as they tried to push a vehicle out of a ditch. Authorities say he later admitted to sexually assaulting Nix while she was unconscious, suffocating her and running over her body to make her death look like an accident.
Federal Magistrate Mark Aspey in Flagstaff cited the nature of the crime in an order Thursday to keep Reid in custody.
An attorney for Reid did not return messages left by The Associated Press.