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Three Defendants Indicted in December 21 Double Homicides

January 6, 2016

(Anchorage, AK) – Three defendants were indicted today on murder charges for their role in the December 21, 2015 homicides of Jeramyha Talauega and Robin Porter in Anchorage.

Twenty-three year old Solomon Tavita was indicted today on charges of murder in the second degree, two counts of attempted murder in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, and misconduct involving a weapon in the first degree. Twenty-six year old Linda Chattell was indicted on charges of murder in the second degree, and robbery in the first degree.

On December 29, 2015, thirty-one year old Meghan Pugh was indicted on charges of murder in the second degree, manslaughter, misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree, and misconduct involving a weapon in the third degree.

The indictments are only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent. The State must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

If convicted, the defendants face a sentence of 10 to 99 years in prison for murder in the second degree. Sentencing would be based on the judge’s view of the circumstances and seriousness of the crime and the offender’s criminal history, if any.

CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion @ (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

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