Federal authorities charged a former patient of the late Dr. James Redd with planning to retaliate against an informant in the Utah Indian artifacts case, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Charles Denton Armstrong said he intended “to take care of” a source that helped officials collect evidence in the theft and trafficking case by tying the person to a tree and beating him with a baseball bat, according to court documents obtained by The Tribune. He said in an affidavit that he didn’t want to kill the source, just “hurt him real bad,” The Tribune reported.
Redd was one of two defendants to commit suicide after 150 federal agents conducted a massive raid on Utahans alleged to have violated the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The raid caused an uproar in Utah, with officials accusing the government of having used too much force, and U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman denying it. Redd’s widow, Jeanne Redd, and her daughter, Jerrica Redd, pleaded guilty last week to multiple theft and illegal trafficking charges.
Jeanne and James Redd had had a previous run-in with the law over Indian artifacts. The Redds paid the state of Utah $10,000 in 2003 after they were prosecuted for raiding an Indian burial ground. The charges against James Redd for the 1996 incident were eventually dropped, while his wife pleaded no contest to a reduced charge.