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Patrick Springer, Published September 20 2013

No verdict yet as jury in double murder trial heads home for weekend

FARGO – The jury deliberating in the double-murder trial of Valentino “Tino” Bagola broke Friday afternoon for the weekend without a verdict.

Bagola, 20, faces first-degree murder and alternate felony murder charges for the stabbing deaths of siblings Destiny Shaw, 9, and 6-year-old Travis DuBois Jr.

The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for three hours Thursday after getting the case at 1:45 p.m. Deliberations resumed Friday at 9 a.m. and ended for the week about 4 p.m.

The children’s bodies were found May 21, 2011, in a bedroom of the DuBois family home in St. Michael on the Spirit Lake reservation.

The children’s father, Travis DuBois Sr., was originally the prime suspect and confessed to the killings days after the discovery of the bodies. He was never charged for the killings, but served a jail sentence on tribal court charges of public intoxication and reckless endangerment.

Suspicion turned to Bagola, a cousin and sometimes babysitter of the victims, after his DNA was discovered underneath the girl’s fingernails and his palm print was found on a bloody computer near the bodies.

Jury deliberations will resume at 9 a.m. Monday.