Cherokee Nation Physician Charged with First Degree Murder, Victim Also Employed by Tribe
October 14, 2021
On Monday, October 11, a physician employed by the Cherokee Nation was arrested in Chicot County, Arkansas for first-degree murder of a nurse also employed by the tribe. Both were non-tribal members.
Dr. Tyler Tait, 34, was arrested Monday night after the Chicot County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a woman in need of medical assistance along Highway 65, nearly two miles north of Lake Village. When Chicot County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived they found Moria Kinsey, 37, lying outside of a parked vehicle, where Tait was also found. Kinsey was transported to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead a day later. She was a nurse employed by the Cherokee Nation Health Service (CNHS), according to the Cherokee Nation Communications Department.
"I'm saddened to hear of the passing of one of our own nurse practitioners that worked in the ER at W.W. Hastings Hospital," said former Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Member David Walkingstick in Facebook post. "Moria Kinsey was full of life, energy, and cared about our people. Please keep her son, family, and friends in your prayers. Donadagohvhi."