Judge delays<br>murder trial

The murder trial of a former Grand Canyon concessioner employee has been delayed until early next year.

Jeremiah Becenti, 21, Hotevilla, is charged with the June 2001 stabbing death of 30-year-old Kim Quanimptewa. The trial had originally been scheduled to begin earlier this month, but a judge rescheduled it to begin on Feb. 11.

At the time of the murder, Becenti and Quanimptewa both worked for Amfac Parks and Resorts. Quanimptewa’s body was found under a bed on the afternoon of June 12, 2001, in Becenti’s employee housing residence at Trailer Village.

Becenti’s attorney has said that several other people could have killed the woman. Both Becenti and Quanimptewa are from Hotevilla, a community on the Hopi reservation.

Becenti, charged with first-degree murder, is being held on $442,000 bond in Coconino County Jail.

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