Metlakatla Man Convicted of Murder in Aunt's Death

A Ketchikan jury has convicted a 30-year-old Metlakatla man of first-degree murder in the death of his 67-year-old aunt.

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by Associated Press

KETCHIKAN - A Ketchikan jury has convicted a 30-year-old Metlakatla man of first-degree murder in the death of his 67-year-old aunt.


Prosecutors say William Buxton after an argument stabbed Leona Meely six times and slashed her throat.


Reports Buxton did not react Monday when the verdict was read.


A weeklong trial preceded deliberations. Buxton's mother testified that her son and her sister argued over cigarettes, and then hours later, over a flashlight.


She said she heard her sister fall to the floor, apparently knocked down by Buxton with a chair, then watched him pull her sister into the kitchen and stab her with a chef's knife.


Sentencing is set for Sept. 6.