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Four Men Indicted for Death of Homeless Anchorage Man

October 2, 2013

On October 1, 2013, four men were indicted on murder charges for the murder of 50 year old Ferdinand Marquez on September 25, 2013. The indictment was returned following an investigation by the Anchorage Police Department, which received assistance from Anchorage Community Mental Health Services. The investigation revealed that Marquez was attacked by the defendants as he was sleeping in the doorway of the Anchorage Community Mental Health Services Building on East Tudor Road.

24 year David Walent was indicted for murder in the first degree, the most serious charge, along with two counts of murder in the second degree, one count of robbery in the first degree, and one count of tampering with evidence. Walent faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. If convicted of murder in the first degree, Walent faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison.

18 year old Jerrick Blankenship was indicted on two counts of murder in the second degree, one count of robbery in the first degree, and one count of tampering with evidence. Blankenship faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

22 year old Matthew Martin was indicted on two counts of murder in the second degree and one count of robbery in the first degree. He faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

33 year old Lewis Martin was indicted on one count of murder in the second degree. He faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

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.

All four men will be arraigned in Anchorage Superior Court On Thursday, October 3, 2013.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Christina Sherman @ (907) 269-6347 or christina.sherman@alaska.gov at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

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