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Man Charged in Beating Death Behind Wasilla Bar

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:34:11 AM AKST   Updated On: Oct 09 2013 01:32:36 PM AKDT

A 47-year-old man has been charged in the beating death of another man behind a Wasilla bar.
The Anchorage Daily News reports John R. Martin is being held on murder and other charges in the death of 60-year-old Russell Metcalf.
Metcalf's body was found Saturday in a camper parked behind the Mug-Shot Saloon. Police say he had been dead at least two days.
Police and charging documents say Martin confessed to blacking out after being hit in the face by Metcalf Oct. 1. He says he beat Metcalf, who was still alive after the incident. He put Metcalf in the camper, used by homeless people, and went for water. When he returned, Metcalf was dead.
His public defender, John Richard, declined comment since it's too early in the process.