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Navajo Man Accused Of Stealing Painting Of His Grandfather

A chance encounter with a familiar, yet unfamiliar image has led to a trial scheduled to start Monday morning.

Derek Michael Begay faces three charges, including a felony, for taking a painting off the wall at an art auction last year and refusing to give it back.

Shondiin Silversmith, the indigenous affairs reporter for the Arizona Republic, chronicled the story.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.