RENO (AP) — Federal agents have charged a 33-year-old man with murder in the fatal stabbing of his pregnant girlfriend on the Pyramid Lake tribal reservation north of Reno.
Michael Joshua Burciaga was being held without bail Thursday in the Washoe County Jail on one count of second-degree murder within Indian Country.
He’s accused of stabbing his girlfriend multiple times just after midnight Tuesday at her home in Nixon. Prosecutors say he returned while tribal police were investigating and confessed to the killing.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Reno only identifies the victim by her initials, A.D. Prosecutors say her children witnessed the brutal attack.
“Native Americans face particularly high rates of violence, including intimate partner violence. To increase public safety at tribal communities within Nevada, our office helped launch the MMIP Initiative last year,” said U.S. Attorney Trutanich. “Because combatting domestic violence is a top priority, our prosecutors were able to work with our law enforcement partners to take swift action here — filing preliminary charges within hours — and we have continued to coordinate in the investigation of this case.”
If found guilty, Burciaga faces up to life in prison. A jury trial has been set for February 22, 2021.