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A murder charge against a suspect, accused of killing a Pauls Valley teenager missing since 2019, was recently dismissed because his alleged crime occurred on Native American land.

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Several hundreds local criminal cases have now been dismissed due to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of McGirt v. Oklahoma.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Oklahoma lacks jurisdiction over crimes on tribal reservations. If both the defendant and the victim are Native, federal authorities would have jurisdiction over felony cases, and tribes over misdemeanors.