By Matthew Simon
Channel 2 News
12:45 PM AKDT, March 11, 2012
Alaska State Troopers say a 19-year-old, now charged with murdering a Wasilla man, was trying to help his dad retrieve a truck, he reportedly shared with his wife, after the couple fought.
The case's lead investigator, Lt. Craig Allen, says after the argument Andrew Johnson’s wife went to stay with her friends, Steve and Evelyn Smith. The Smiths reportedly own the home at about mile 15 of Knik Goose Bay Rd. where the alleged crime took place.
The friend’s daughter, Jessica Smith, also lived in the home with her fiancé, 43-year-old Michael Plummer.
Allen says the 19-year-old, Spencer Johnson, was part of a group of two other men, including his father Andrew Johnson, who invaded the home.
Troopers say when Plummer told them to leave, Johnson’s party claims Plummer took out a gun and fought with them. Then, Spencer Johnson allegedly cut Plummer’s throat and fled with his father and the other man.
Jessica Smith has said Plummer never owned a gun. During the chaos Smith told Channel 2 News she grabbed her father’s gun and fired.
"When I saw Mike falling he was stabbed in the throat," Smith said. "I grabbed my dad's gun -- I shot at them and I hit her husband in the shoulder, and then they ran away."
Troopers say her father also shot at the trio, who reportedly fled in two separate cars. Plummer died before help could arrive, near the front of the home, according to Allen.
Eventually, troopers say they found a truck with blood stains. Allen believes the truck was hit during the gunfire and was not able to make it beyond the point where they discovered another car’s tracks. Allen says Spencer Johnson and the other man were attempting to take Andrew Johnson to the hospital.
Andrew Johnson soon showed up at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, where troopers say they interviewed him.
His son, Spencer Johnson, turned himself in Friday at the Anchorage Federal Courthouse, troopers said. He was arraigned Saturday on one murder charge at the Palmer Courthouse, and is being held on $100,000 cash bail.
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