A jury trial is scheduled for early December for a Juneau man accused of causing the death of a friend while driving out the road last year. It’ll start on the same day as another trial for a former police officer accused of shooting at his colleagues back in April.
Ryan West is being charged in connection with the death of Gabriel Carte. West and Carte were both in a truck that went into a ditch and rolled several times at Mile 35 Glacier Highway in June 2011. Police believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez will preside over the West trial, while across the hall at the Dimond Courthouse, Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg will preside over the trial of former officer Troy Wilson. That’s also scheduled to start December 3rd.
This fall will be a busy period for Juneau-based prosecutors, defense attorneys, and court staff. The trial for John Marvin, the Hoonah man accused of murdering two police officers two years ago, is still scheduled to start October 22nd.
- The PFD veto of $666 million covered a little more than a fifth of the budget gap.
- The CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority stepped down on Monday. Jeff Jessee served as CEO for 21 years. According to a press release from the organization, he is transitioning to a new role ahead of his planned retirement in three years.
- The Alaska State Commission for Human Rights is the state’s anti-discrimination agency. In 2011, a legislative audit found that the agency wasn’t doing its job. Five years later, the agency is still trying to move forward.