Grand jury charges teen accused of killing nun

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Posted: Dec 03, 2009 7:14 PM

A federal grand jury has charged a teenager accused of killing a nun at her home on the Navajo reservation with first-degree murder.

The U.S. attorney's office in Albuquerque said Thursday that 18-year-old Reehahlio Carroll also is charged with burglary and transporting a stolen vehicle in interstate commerce.

Carroll is accused of killing 64-year-old Sister Marguerite Bartz while burglarizing her home in Navajo, N.M. Bartz was found dead Nov. 1.

Carroll also is accused of taking a vehicle Bartz used. Authorities found the mini-SUV in Arizona.

The U.S. attorney's office says the alleged murder was a first-degree felony because it took place during a burglary.

Prosecutors say if Carroll is convicted of all the crimes, he faces an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.