Alaska 18-year-old goes to trial for classmate killing case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of four young men charged with murder in the 2016 death of their classmate has gone to trial.
The trial for 18-year-old Erick Almandinger began Monday, KTUU-TV reported .
Almandinger and three others face the more serious charge of murder, while a fifth man faces charges of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution.
Prosecutors in court said that Almandinger played a critical role in the murder of David Grunwald, regardless of who pulled the trigger.
Grunwald was reported missing by his parents on Nov. 13, 2016. His Ford Bronco was found burned near a trail the next day.
His body was found Dec. 2, 2016, near Palmer.
Almandinger’s defense argued that Almandinger’s only crimes were committed after the murder, that the murder weapon was not his and that he was too scared to stop Grunwald’s murder from happening.
Almandinger is charged with first-degree and second degree- murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence. Dominic Johnson and Bradley Perrigin-Renfro, both also 16 at the time of Grunwald’s death, face the same charges.
Austin Barrett, who was 19 at the time, is charged with first-degree and second-degree murder and kidnapping.
Devin Peterson, who was 18 at the time, is charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution.
Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com