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Man charged with Alaska murder set for trial

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2022 | Criminal Defense

When a death results in murder charges, it can take weeks, months or even years for a trial to take place. A female college student was found dead in a bathtub on the University of Alaska campus in 1993. A man was arrested 26 years later and charged with the crime after his DNA was linked to the crime scene years after the murder. His trial was set to begin recently.  

Defendant says that he has evidence to suggest other suspects 

The now 47-year-old man facing criminal charges for the murder of the young woman lived in the dorm at the time on the floor above the one where the discovery of the body was made. He says there are numerous other people who may have committed the murder. The judge ruled the defendant will be allowed to name three of more than 10 suspects during the trial whom he has identified to the court.  

One of the supposed suspects had a sister who said he confessed to the murder 

One of the men whom the defendant says may have committed the murder reportedly confessed to the crime years ago to his own sister. She is said to have reported what her brother had told to police. However, since the man’s sister is no longer alive, anything she might have said to told police would now be considered hearsay in court.  

The defendant has been residing in a county jail while awaiting his trial 

Since his arrest in 2019, the defendant in question has been incarcerated in a county jail. As in all criminal cases, he is guaranteed an opportunity to present a defense, which, in this case, appears to include permission to point the finger at several other possible suspects. The woman’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the back of the head, although she also suffered other injuries as well. One of the men the defendant says may have committed the crime had access to a firearm he himself owned and had on campus at the time. In cases like this, the key to being able to mitigate one’s circumstances is experienced criminal defense representation in court.