man charged with murder on the Umatilla Indian Reservation | USAO-OR

PORTLAND, Oregon.—A man from Umatilla, Oregon, has been charged with the murder of a grown man on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Kawlija Nicoah Scott, 25, was charged with murder in a federal criminal complaint.

According to the complaint, on May 25, 2022, Umatilla Tribal Police Department officers responded to a stabbing at a residence on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Officers and paramedics found an adult male at the scene who had suffered multiple stab wounds, including one in the chest. Rescue efforts were made, but the victim later died at a nearby hospital.

Further investigation revealed that Scott had stabbed the victim in the victim’s residence before fleeing the scene. Witnesses observed Scott running down a nearby road and waving two knives in the air. Shortly after, tribal police located Scott and arrested him without incident.

Scott made his first federal court appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Armistead. He was detained pending further court proceedings.

Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This matter was investigated by the FBI with the assistance of the Umatilla Tribal Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley R. Cadotte is prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Nohemi M. Moore