By Chris Klint & Mike Ross
Channel 2 News
8:46 PM AKDT, June 15, 2012
A Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson airman was indicted by a state grand jury Friday on 11 charges including murder and robbery in the death of Senior Airman Clinton Reeves, according to Anchorage police.
James Thomas faces one count of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder, as well as one count of first-degree robbery and six counts of evidence tampering.
APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker couldn’t comment on the specifics of the grand jury’s indictment late Friday, but noted that prosecutors sometimes file multiple counts of the same charge against a defendant -- such as the three counts of second-degree murder -- to account for multiple theories of a crime.
Reeves, a JBER fuel technician, disappeared and was last heard from April 22, prompting a search for him until his body was found in a ravine near Eagle River May 8.
Thomas, 24, was arrested and charged last month with six felony counts of evidence tampering in connection with Reeves’ disappearance and death. Investigators say Thomas lied about the case, first denying any knowledge and then saying he came home on the night of April 19 to find a bloodied Reeves on his love seat – who was escorted out of his apartment by an unknown gunman.
Thomas then allegedly burned clothing he said was bloodied while cleaning his home, disposed of the love seat at the Club Apartments in South Anchorage and drove Reeves’ rental car to a spot on the 200 block of McCarrey Street in Mountain View where it was later found.
Judy Davis, mother of Clinton Reeves, told Channel 2 News from her home in Kansas "I just hope James has compassion and admits...I mean, just tell the truth and tell the story and that way we don't have to, you know, Anchorage doesn't have to go through a trial. I don't want him to prolong this, just admit it and then, you know, be done with it.... but I know in real life, it doesn't work that way."
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