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Press Release

Anchorage Judge Opens Delinquency Hearing to Public

July 15, 2020

(Anchorage, AK) – A juvenile’s adjudication hearing for killing two people in January 2016 has been opened to the public by Anchorage Superior Court Judge Kevin Saxby. Juvenile delinquency proceedings are normally confidential proceedings that are not open to the public. However, the court may open juvenile delinquency hearings to the public in certain circumstances in accordance with Alaska Statute 47.12.110(d).

In early January 2016, 15-year-old C.D. shot and killed his mother and older sister at the family’s home. The State of Alaska filed a petition to waive juvenile jurisdiction and sought to try C.D. as an adult. After a waiver hearing, the trial court waived juvenile jurisdiction over C.D. and permitted the State to try him as an adult. In January 2020, the Alaska Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s waiver decision.

In accordance with Alaska Statute 47.12, persons adjudicated as juveniles may not be held in custody past their 20th birthday. C.D. is currently 20 years old.

These charges are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

C.D. is set to be adjudicated as a juvenile before Judge Saxby on July 20, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the Nesbett Courthouse.

CONTACT: Anchorage Assistant District Attorney Patrick McKay at (907) 269-6300 or patrick.mckay@alaska.gov.  

More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

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Department Media Contact: Assistant Attorney General Maria Bahr at (907) 269-5285 or maria.bahr@alaska.gov.