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8 Men Indicted For Two Separate Anchorage Killings
The Anchorage state grand jury returned indictments for 8 men in two separate Anchorage killings; one of which spans back to 2009, a shooting that took the life of 17-year-old Desirae Douglas.
A big day for the family of Desirae Douglas an innocent teenaged girl murdered in a gun battle in East Anchorage two years ago.
The Anchorage state grand jury returned indictments for 8 men in two separate Anchorage killings; one of which spans back to 2009, a shooting that took the life of 17-year-old Douglas.
"Initially there was great reluctance from some members of the community to discuss what happened," said james Fayette, Assistant District Attorney. "Because of fear of retaliation we get that a lot."
It may have taken nearly two years to indict these men, but police and prosecutors say they're looking for more information. "We're always looking for the truth and we're always looking to identify people who have truthful information," Fayette said. "The police department and my office is convinced that there are people in the community that may still have information about these two homicides."
Officials urge the community to share what they might know, anything they've heard on the street or people they know that may have been involved.
"Homicide investigations always continue even after the arrest of some of the perpetrators," said Fayette.
One of the perpetrators was 19-year-old Devante Jordan, he recently died in a murder in Mountain View on March 24th.
The others are identified as:
Shearn Joshua, 21, he was arrested after the party for a felony drug charge.
Paul Baldwin, 20, also in custody for recent felony drug charges.
Eon Owens, 20, also jailed for felony drug charges..
Parrish Harris, 19, a suspect in the shooting that killed Devante Jordan as well as Douglas and 25-year-old Julio Batista.
According to prosecutors these men are charged with second degree murder and face a potential of 10-to-99 years in prison.
Police are still looking for Dwaylon Kenzell Woodruff, 21 he is indicted for tampering with physical evidence for getting rid of shell casings from guns fired at the murder scene.
Also wanted for them murder of Jordan is Marquinn Jones Nelson, 19, and 17-year-old Dorian Topps. They are charged for first degree murder and face a potential sentence of 20-to-99 years in prison.
The family declined to comment on camera in fear of retaliation, only to say they are ecstatic to see justice being served.
If you have any information please contact police at 786-8900 or to remain anonymous call crime stoppers at 561-STOP.