“The fact is that after 1902, all of the people who were executed in Alaska were either racial minorities or ethnic minorities,” said attorney Averil Lerman. The last three men executed in the territory were an Alaska Native and two black men.
Former Juneau resident Chase Shumway, who now lives in Las Vegas, says the police had drilled for years for a possible attach on the strip. “It seemed like they were on the ball when things went down,” he said.
Juneau Police Department updated a news release at 9:53 a.m. today canceling a request for help locating Wilson Curtis-Collins. According to the news release, Curtis-Collins came to the police department for an interview. He was released. The investigation is ongoing.
Public Defender Jamie McGrady cited the potential for a death penalty, the geographic challenges with witnesses and the anticipation of several hundred interviews. The prosecution didn’t oppose the delay in the potential death penalty case.