A 37-year-old Lapwai man has been charged with murder in connection with an altercation Tuesday in Lapwai.
Raymond Scott, Jr. was arrested in Lewiston Tuesday evening and booked into the Nez Perce County Jail on aggravated battery and several failure to appear warrants following the altercation. The male victim died early Wednesday morning, and the Nez Perce Tribal Police Department has now charged Scott with murder.
No further details on Tuesday's incident have been released by police or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"The FBI Salt Lake City Division has responded to an incident on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation and we are currently investigating the matter in collaboration with investigators from other law enforcement agencies," said Deborah Bertram.
Scott has a long criminal history, including several charges of battery, assault, burglary, and robbery. He had aggravated battery charges dismissed against him in Lewiston's Magistrate Court earlier this year.
In March he was arrested by Lewiston Police after he allegedly battered two people at a residence in the 1000 block of 6th Avenue. A woman was struck in the face with a baseball bat, while a man suffered a severe injury to the right side of his face. After an investigation, officers determined that Scott had committed the battery on both victims on the night of March 18th. He turned himself in at the police department and told officers at the time that he was too intoxicated that night to remember anything that happened.
Nez Perce County Magistrate Judge Greg Kalbfleisch dismissed the charges in April because he did not find there was sufficient evidence to bind him over to Second District Court, and according to Deputy Prosecutor April Smith, two of the witnesses who were subpoenaed failed to appear for the preliminary hearing.