Trial begins for man charged in Anchorage homicide

A trial has begun for a 49-year-old man charged with murder in the June 2009 death of a woman at her Anchorage home.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE - A trial has begun for a 49-year-old man charged with murder in the June 2009 death of a woman at her Anchorage home.

Kenneth Wahl is charged with killing 47-year-old Elisa Orcutt, who was found beaten to death.

Orcutt died two months after Wahl, a convicted murderer, was released on parole after serving 20 years of a 45-year sentence.

Wahl in April 2009 violated his parole and was staying in a camper near the home of Orcutt, for whom he worked as a handyman.

Defense attorneys say Wahl did not kill Orcutt and that police botched the investigation of her death.

Police officer Timothy McCuelly testified Tuesday that he found Orcutt dead in a bedroom, surrounded by blood and beneath a television set.

 

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