ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - On Friday, three men entered "not guilty" pleas in the case of a Christmas Eve double homicide in Mountain View. The three men charged are between the ages 19 and 22, and all now face two charges of first degree murder.
"It is concerning," says District Attorney Clint Campion. "I think young people don't understand the possible consequences to themselves, to the community, to their families when they start down this path."
DeAnthony Harris was the first to enter the courtroom, rolled in by wheelchair. Court documents say he was accidentally shot by one of the other suspects, Lamarkus Mann, the night the two broke into an apartment on Peterkin Avenue and, according to police, killed a married couple inside. The couple, Christopher and Danielle Brooks, had just returned from a Christmas Eve dinner with their 5-year-old son, who was ordered to another room while his parents were murdered. Lemarkus Mann is accused of being the gunman in the crime.
Jaylyn Franklin, a third suspect, was also present during the attempted robbery, according to court documents, but Franklin told police he never had a gun.
"Even if you never went inside the building or the residence, you were driving the vehicle to and from the event, you can be held accountable as if you had that gun in your hand," Campion emphasized. "That's an important message to send others."
Following recent justice reform in the state, first degree murder now carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison. The three men are scheduled for pre-trial hearings in February with a trial date anticipated in mid-March.