A Pawhuska man charged in Osage Nation tribal court with the death of his girlfriend in 2015 has been released from jail and the charge dismissed.
Starr Pennington died at a Pawhuska hospital in August 2015 after what investigators called a night of heavy drinking with Thomas Eaves.
Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones says Thomas Eaves was charged in tribal court this year after a federal judge's ruling led prosecutors to dismiss the federal charge against him.
Jones says the Osage Nation charge was only a misdemeanor because tribal courts only have jurisdiction to prosecute misdemeanors.
Jones says Eaves' public defender filed a motion to dismiss because Eaves had been sitting in jail for 163 days. On Thursday, an Osage Nation judge granted the motion, saying Eaves' right to a speedy trial had been violated.
Jones says Eaves wasn't appointed a public defender by the tribal court until recently and because Eaves was in jail for so long, Jones did not oppose the motion.