An incident took place in Alaska earlier this year that has landed a man behind bars as a suspect in another man’s death. Police say they felt compelled to interview the man in question after a woman provided certain information to them regarding injuries the decedent had experienced before he died. A medical examiner stated that the cause of death included chronic drug and alcohol abuse, but also, blunt force trauma to the head.
In Feb. 2022, police were dispatched to an abandoned house, where they believe the defendant and the now-deceased man had been staying together. The defendant is the one who reportedly called the police to the home. When they arrived, he led them to the basement, where his friend’s body lay.
Phone call suggested accused struck decedent before he died
Investigators asked the man questions after a woman told them that the man had admitted to her that he repeatedly struck the decedent in the head before he died. Police say that, when they interviewed the 40-year-old who had initially called them to the abandoned house, he supposedly told them that he had, in fact, struck the other man in the head numerous times. He also apparently said, however, that after the altercation he went to sleep, and the man was still alive at that time.
Accused is now facing murder charges
The man is now facing a second-degree assault charge and a second-degree murder charge in connection with his friend’s death. An experienced criminal defense attorney in Alaska would no doubt emphasize that much could have happened to cause the man’s death between the time his friend struck him and the time he awakened to find him deceased after he himself had fallen asleep. There have been other cases where defense attorneys have been able to help clients obtain positive outcomes in court after being charged with a violent crime.