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Man charged in shooting death of caretaker

Posted: August 14, 2014 - 11:09pm

ANCHORAGE — A man accused of killing his caretaker at an Anchorage assisted living home allegedly called police to report the shooting, according to court documents.

Paul Miller, 51, was waiting outside for police when they arrived at the home, and a .380-caliber semi-automatic weapon was sitting on a rail of the front porch late Tuesday afternoon, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

Miller had his first court appearance Wednesday in the death of Eduardo Escalante, 63. He appeared at the Anchorage Correctional Facility courtroom in a wheelchair with a blanket draped over his body, with his bare back exposed. A corrections spokeswoman says prisoners can have blankets for medical reasons or if they refuse to wear clothing, but she didn’t know which was the reason in this case.

Miller, who is charged with first- and second-degree murder, told a judge he could afford to hire his own attorney. However, none was listed in online court records Thursday morning, and another hearing was scheduled later Thursday. He is being held on $500,000 bail.

Police said Escalante died from multiple gunshot wounds to the neck, arm and torso, according to court documents. He and his wife had just moved from the Philippines to Anchorage last March, family members said. According to the court documents, Miller told the 911 operator that he had “just shot” the man.

Another client who lived in the house told police he didn’t see the shooting, but heard three or four shots.

That man, according to court paperwork didn’t check on Escalante “because he did not want to know if he was dead so he went back to his room.”

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