Suspect in teen’s murder pleads not guilty after federal indictment

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 05/17/2021, 9:29 PM

(MUSKOGEE, Okla.) A man accused of shooting his teenage girlfriend to death in 2019 pleaded not guilty in federal court on Monday. 

Tanner Washington was indicted for Murder In Indian Country on May 12. 

17-year-old Faith Lindsey went missing in October 2019. 

According to court records, a witness told law enforcement they saw Washington with blood on his clothes, shoes and phone after Lindsey disappeared, and that he said it was hers. The records state Washington also told others that Lindsey had been shot. 

Investigators said blood samples taken from the backseat of a vehicle Washington previously owned matched DNA samples provided by Lindsey’s parents. 

Washington was initially charged in Pontotoc County District Court for the crime, but the case was dismissed following the landmark McGirt v. Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling. 

Lindsey was a member of the Chickasaw Nation. Her body has never been found. 

Washington was ordered to remain in custody of the United States Marshals Service. 


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