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Press Release

Indictments Returned Against Three Defendants for January 25 Homicide

February 18, 2015

Three Anchorage residents were indicted in Anchorage today for their role in the January 25, 2015 homicide of 18 year old Charles Steinhilpert in Anchorage. 19 year old Makur Chan, 19 year old Timothy Funches, and 18 year old Keiara Reynaud were indicted on charges of murder in the second degree and robbery in the first degree. All three defendants were also charged with attempted misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree. They will be arraigned in Anchorage on Friday, February 20, 2015.

On Sunday evening, January 25, 2015, Anchorage Police responded to a report of gunshots and a possible shooting victim in the parking lot of the Walgreen's store at the intersection of Tudor Road and Lake Otis Boulevard. Anchorage Police arrived and learned that the victim, later identified as Steinhilpert, had been taken to the Alaska Native Medical Center but later died. The investigation revealed that the defendants and another group, which included Steinhilpert, met to exchange approximately three ounces of marijuana. Shortly after the parties met, a shooting took place.

If convicted, each of the defendants faces a sentence of 10 to 99 years in prison for murder in the second degree, a sentence of up to 20 years for robbery in the first degree, and up to one year for attempted misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree. Sentencing is based on the judge’s view of the seriousness of the crime and the offender’s criminal history, if any.

The indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Defendants are presumed innocent. The State must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Gustaf Olson @ (907) 269-6300 or at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

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