Amid growing criticism of the state’s new criminal justice laws, officials in Anchorage are asking lawmakers for reforms, not a full repeal. During its Tuesday night meeting, the Anchorage Assembly debated dueling measures concerning Senate Bill 91, the omnibus crime overhaul signed into law last summer.
According an affidavit filed by Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Kevin Yancey, the trouble started when Walters, 34, and his girlfriend, Gertrude Queenie, were drinking at a friend’s house Oct. 4. Walters claimed that he caught Queenie sleeping with his friend and became “enraged.”
“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.
The Anchorage Assembly took the rare step of holding a meeting Saturday to hear public testimony on what residents would like to see done about Senate Bill 91, the omnibus criminal justice reform measure signed into law in July of 2016.
Alexie Walters, 34, reportedly assaulted multiple people on the night of Oct. 4 in Mountain Village, according to Alaska State Troopers, before barricading himself inside his home with Gertrude Queenie, 22, who was later found dead in the home.
Capital City Fire/Rescue paramedic Paul Kelly testified about responding to trailer C-16 in the Kodzoff Acres Trailer Park in October 2015. Kelly was called as a first responder to help someone suffering from a possible gunshot wound. But the victim, later identified as Brandon Cook, was already dead.