Tribal Men Indicted for 2006 Murder of Idaho Man

 
by Taylor Viydo, tviydo@k2tv.com 
 
Two men from the Wind River Reservation have been indicted for their roles in the 2006 murder of an Idaho man. 61-year-old Alan Brown and his brother 54-year-old Vernon Lee Brown are accused of murdering Tad Barnson. Both men are members of the Northern Arapaho tribe. 
 
Barnson, who was originally from Idaho Falls, was living in Riverton at the time of his disappearance in 2006. His skeleton was found in March by hikers just three miles east of Riverton. 
 
Barnson's death was ruled a homicide from blunt-force and stabbing injuries. An autopsy showed multiple wounds, but investigators aren't sure what kind of weapons were used in the attack. 
 
The Brown brothers allegedly killed Barnson on the reservation. They could face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted. 


Tad Barnson