Metlakatla man arrested for alleged homicide

A 29-year-old Metlakatla man has been charged with first degree murder in the death of a 67-year-old woman.

Alaska State Troopers say William Buxton was taken into custody Saturday in connection with the death of Leona Meely of Metlakatla.

Troopers say they were notified Saturday morning of a suspicious death in the Annette Island community in southeast Alaska.

Troopers say Meely died in a physical altercation that took place at a home where Buxton also lives.

Meely’s body is being sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy.

Troopers say the investigation is continuing.