FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The mother of two children who were stabbed to death on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation says she first believed the crimes were committed by the victims' father, and not the man currently standing trial. Twenty-year-old Valentino ``Tino'' Bagola is charged with murder for the 2011 slayings of 9-year-old Destiny Shaw-DuBois and her 6-year-old brother, Travis DuBois Jr. Prosecutors say Bagola's confession is supported by physical evidence. The mother of the two children, Mena Shaw, testified Monday about finding their bodies in a home where they were living with their father, Travis DuBois Sr.
Shaw says she asked the elder DuBois why he killed the children, and he denied it. Defense attorneys say DuBois Sr., who originally confessed to the crimes, is responsible.