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Nevada Man Found Guilty of Murdering Pregnant Girlfriend on Indigenous Reservation

A jury found that Michael Burciaga fatally stabbed his pregnant girlfriend, Amanda Davis, in her Nixon, Nevada home while her three children tried to fight him off. 

By Elisabeth Ford
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A Nevada man was convicted last Thursday of killing his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation.

Michael Burciaga, 36, was found guilty of first-degree murder of the woman within Indian Country, which is a violation of the Protection of Unborn Children Act, and domestic assault by a habitual offender within Indian Country, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada.

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A jury found that Burciaga fatally stabbed his pregnant girlfriend, Amanda Davis, on December 15, 2020, in her Nixon, Nevada home.

Davis was a registered member of the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation, a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office stated. The stabbing also resulted in the death of their unborn child.

The crime was witnessed by Davis’ three children, who attempted to fight Burciaga off as he stabbed their mother, according to court documents cited by the Reno Gazette Journal.

The victim’s 15-year-old daughter, one of the three kids who were home during the incident, called emergency services to report the stabbing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Davis face down in the home's main bedroom, according to court documents cited by Reno's Fox 11.

Burciaga initially fled the scene before authorities arrived but came back to the house with a cut on his hand and said, "I know what I did. That's why I came back," and "I already know what happened, and I know what I did, which is why I slit my wrist," according to court documents.

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On the way to the hospital to treat his wrist, Burciaga told emergency services that Davis was pregnant with his child, the documents stated.

A GoFundMe was created a few days after the murder by Davis’ cousin and fellow member of the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation, Autumn Harry, to help care for Davis’ three surviving children.

“On the early morning of December 15th, Amanda Davis, 37, and her unborn baby, Ezra Aaron Davis, were violently taken from this world by the father of her unborn child,” the fundraiser stated.

The page described Davis as a “devoted mother” who “fought tirelessly to protect” the three children she leaves behind.

More than 1.5 million American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Burciaga is scheduled to be sentenced on September 25, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He faces a statutory minimum sentence of life imprisonment.

If you’re experiencing domestic violence or know someone who is, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit thehotline.org.

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