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UPDATE: Murder Arrest in Meskwaki Killing

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- A 20-year-old man is suspected of first degree murder in connection with a fatal stabbing on the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama County.

Officers found 17-year-old Severn Jefferson unresponsive when they went to a home on the settlement shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. Jefferson had been stabbed in the chest, and he died. An autopsy is planned.

Authorities arrested Johnathan Youngbear early Tuesday morning. Youngbear appeared before a judge hours later for his initial appearance.

According to the criminal complaint, Youngbear and Jefferson got into an argument after they and others had been drinking and smoking meth over about a day and a half. A witness says Youngbear came up behind Jefferson while he was sitting on the couch. The witness says Youngbear put his finger up to his mouth, signaling the witness to be quiet, then Youngbear took a knife and stabbed Jefferson in the chest.

It's the second deadly incident on the settlement this month. Twenty-five-year-old Gordon Lasley Jr. is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the slaying of his parents. The bodies of Kim and Gordon Lasley Sr. were found in their home on Feb. 5.

The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa own the Meskwaki Settlement land.

Johnathan Youngbear's family released a statement Tuesday afternoon:
"Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Severn Jefferson, who recently lost their family member. Two families have been unexpectedly changed forever and we are heartbroken over this event. We ask for prayers and support for the families, the community, and all those affected by this tragedy."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 
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