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Man pleads not guilty in death in southeast Alaska

October 20, 2017

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to murder and evidence tampering charges in the death of another man, whose body was left in public view for hours in Ketchikan before police were called.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports 42-year-old Joshua K. Bliss was arraigned Thursday in the Oct. 5 death of Richard Branda in the southeast Alaska community.

Police believe Branda was homeless.

His body was left between a building and storage container for more than 12 hours before police were called to check on a man who appeared to be passed out or sleeping.

Police discovered he had been stabbed.

Deputy Police Chief Josh Dossett says Bliss and Branda appeared to be friends and a fight led to the stabbing. Police haven’t released details on the alleged confrontation.


Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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