ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The man accused of fatally shooting his wife at a Campbell Park home on Thursday afternoon appeared in court Saturday facing charges of first and second degree murder.
Adam Sullivan, 40, was originally scheduled for arraignment on Friday afternoon, however his hearing was postponed due to medical reasons, according to court officials. At Saturday’s hearing Sullivan was attended by two corrections officers while faced a judge at the Anchorage Jail court.
According to a criminal complaint, Sullivan’s two daughters, aged 11 and 13, called 911 just before 4 p.m. Thursday to report that their mother had been shot.
When officers arrived on scene, the found Brandy Sullivan lying in the kitchen area. She was lying in a pool of blood and was suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. She was declared deceased at the scene. Investigators also found two bullets and numerous shell casings at the residence.
Sometime later, APD received a call from Adam Sullivan’s brother Dennis Sullivan. Dennis told police he had just met with his brother at another location. During the meeting, Adam had admitted to shooting his wife. Dennis tried to get his brother to stay at the location until police arrived but Adam drove away in a vehicle.
Police were eventually able to track Adam Sullivan down to the parking lot of the Lowes store on O’Malley Road, where security officers reported he had pulled a fire alarm and fled out the store’s loading dock. Officers eventually found him kneeling near a snowbank outside the store. He was carrying two handguns and had a box of ammunition matching the caliber found at the crime scene.
At the arraignment hearing on Saturday, the judge granted the state’s request to have Sullivan’s bail set at $500,000 cash performance and $500,000 cash corporate along with a court-approved third party custodian. He was also ordered not to come within 500 yards of the 5400 block of Trena Street, the Lowe’s on O’Malley, the Hideaway bar on Dimond Boulevard, and several other relatives and neighbors.
According to court records, Sullivan has a host of prior convictions going back to 1994 for charges such as assault, resisting arrest, damaging property, eluding police and reckless driving. Online court records also list Adam Sullivan as the plaintiff and Brandy Sullivan as the defendant in a divorce child custody case that was filed in January.
Sullivan’s attorney and family members declined to speak with Channel 2 following the hearing on Saturday.
Prosecutors say the investigation is still ongoing.