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Lapwai man arrested for manslaughter in 19-year-old's death

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Russell B. McCormack was arrested on a charge of manslaughter Tuesday. Russell B. McCormack was arrested on a charge of manslaughter Tuesday.
LAPWAI, Idaho -

Lapwai Tribal Police announced Tuesday that a 52-year-old Lapwai man was arrested on a tribal warrant on the charge of manslaughter.

The Tribal Prosecutor's Office sought the warrant for Russell B. McCormack after reviewing the investigative reports on the death of Ambrose Smartlowit, 19, who was found dead of complications related to heat back in June. Smartlowit had been working under the supervision of McCormack as a farm laborer at the time. His family reported him missing on June 8, and the Nez Perce County mounted posse found the body in the Garden Gulch area the next day.

The case was investigated by the Nez Perce Tribal Police, the FBI and the Idaho State Police.

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