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Indictments Returned on Homicide of Mountain View Teenager

April 9, 2014

Three Anchorage residents were indicted today for their role in the April 1, 2014 death of a 15 year old Anchorage resident, Precious Alex. All three of the defendants were charged as principles and / or accomplices to the homicide. The indictments were returned following an investigation by the Anchorage Police homicide unit.

24 year old Jamal Kareem Townsend and 29 year old Lammar David Burney were each indicted on seven counts for their conduct on April 1, 2014. Those charges include one count of murder in the first degree, two counts of murder in the second degree, one count of attempted murder in the first degree, one count of assault in the second degree, one count of misconduct involving a weapon in the second degree (discharging a firearm at a dwelling), and one count of misconduct involving a weapon in the third degree (possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony).

Additionally, Townsend was indicted for one count of misconduct involving a weapon in the first degree (discharging a firearm from a propelled vehicle) for conduct that allegedly occurred on March 21, 2014 at the same Mountain View residence where Precious Alex and Dominik Spivey were shot on April 1, 2014.

21 year old Karlie West was indicted for murder in the second degree, misconduct involving a weapon in the second degree, and assault in the third degree.

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.

The defendants face a sentence of up to 99 years in prison if convicted of the murder charges. Sentencing is based on the judge’s view of the seriousness of the crime and the offender’s criminal history, if any.

CONTACT: Deputy District Attorney Clint Campion @ (907) 269-6324 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

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