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Anchorage family clings to hope murder will be solved

...74-year-old tax preparer, Texas Hold 'em poker player and grandmother who lives in Anchorage.James Gallan, the trooper investigator currently tasked with the case, is blunt about what it would take to find Shelley's killer today. The state...
Court orders review of video testimony in sex abuse case

...out-of-court statements by the children conveyed to the jury by video and by hearsay from adults.An Alaska State Trooper investigator, Yvonne Howell, interviewed the 7- and 5-year-old girls.Augustine's trial lawyer presented a report...
Tire expert testifies in Kodiak murder trial

...Wesson .44-caliber silver revolver was missing with no explanation. Stein reported the loss to Alaska State Troopers.Investigators did not find the murder weapon in the case. Robert Shem of the Alaska state crime lab testified a Smith & Wesson...
More wild cards crop up in murder trial

...the judge took up the wild card issues, the jury heard more testimony from William Gifford, the Alaska State Trooper investigator who travelled to Yakutat in 2011 to recreate the crime scene. Gifford was examined by prosecutors on Thursday...
Former crime lab employee charged with six felonies

...was no apparent reason.A criminal complaint issued by prosecutors detailed the criminal inquiry by Alaska State Trooper investigator Gordon Bittner.About a month after Palmer's resignation, troopers went to his home in response to a 911 hang-up...
On day one of murder trial, jury hears from victim's oldest son

...Thursday. Fayette showed the jury the gun within the first five minutes of the trial by having the chief Alaska State Trooper investigator take it out of a long, narrow evidence box and hoist it up in the courtroom.The prosecutor told the jury that...
Alaska man accused of killing employer with machete

...he came to, Garcia was dead on the kitchen floor and Cottam was holding the machete.He told an Alaska State Trooper investigator that Garcia held the machete in the air and charged at him. Cottam said he got behind the older man, cut his...
Teen charged as an adult in Delta Junction fires

...55-year-old structure near the banks of the Delta Clearwater River, burned May 15.Prosecutors said Alaska State Troopers investigators could not immediately determine how the fire started, but on June 24 they interviewed a man who said he secretly...
Doctor charged in sexual abuse of three girls

...minor and one count of attempted sexual abuse of a minor.In July, a 12-year-old girl told an Alaska State Trooper investigator that Merchant had touched her inappropriately. Investigators determined that two other girls also had been abused...
5 court-martialed for role in deadly fight

...five soldiers who organized the group involved in the fight, said Fort Wainwright spokeswoman Linda Douglass. Trooper investigator Eric Olsen said the district attorney's office has declined to press charges, but the Fairbanks Youth Facility...


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