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Fairview Man Indicted in Deadly Shooting

Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:16:25 AM AKST   Updated On: Nov 01 2013 05:46:38 AM AKDT
Accused Killer Faces Judge as Fairview Comes to Terms with Murder

Johnie Jones, the 73-year-old Fairview man accused of murdering Sean Mulgrew, 36, on Oct. 20, was indicted Thursday on second-degree murder charges, weapons and drug offenses and tampering with physical evidence.

Anchorage Police officials believe Jones shot and killed Mulgrew following an altercation between the two outside of Jones’ residence.

According to charging documents, police responded to an alert of shots fired at a four-plex near 9th Avenue and Ingra Street where they found Jones with blood on his shorts, wiping blood away from the inside of his main doorway.

According to police, Jones explained Mulgrew knocked on his front door. When Jones opened the door Mulgrew was pointing a flare gun at him.

Mulgrew’s dead body was discovered by Anchorage Police in a nearby alley. A blood trail led the police to the Fairview apartment building where Jones lived.

If convicted, Jones faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000, according to the indictment.  

The indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Jones will be arraigned on the indictment in Anchorage Superior Court on Monday.