Homicide suspects face judge and family of victim in court

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - On the run for weeks, two men suspected of killing an Anchorage man last month faced a judge Friday.

Mickee Thompson, 19, and Robert Smith, 18, appeared in District Court, but due to an administrative error, the arraignment wasn't held as scheduled. The judge explained that since the men have already been indicted for the crime, the matter falls to the Superior Court.

The two are accused of shooting and killing Sosaia Finau, 21, in a Mountain View apartment on April 12. Family members of the victim and the suspects filled the courtroom for the brief appearance.

"They're young men, young men that made mistakes and we totally feel sorry for them at that point," Alin Forest, Finau's uncle said.

Police believe the victim knew both Thompson and Smith because his girlfriend, an apparent witness to the crime, had a prior relationship with Thompson from which the two have a child.

APD said both men should be considered armed and dangerous while they remained at large. A tip submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers lead to the arrests at a Spenard residence Thursday night. "We now have information that the suspects may have been hidden by other people and that's why we want people to know there are possible additional arrests related to this investigation as a result of the information we have," MJ Thim, spokesperson for the Anchorage Police Department said.



 
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