Three men were charged Friday with first-degree murder in last year's death of former Juneau resident Michael Gerber.
Gerber was 29 when he died in an alleged robbery in Petersburg early on April 1, after he was severely beaten and thrown from a second-story window into Sing Lee Alley, Petersburg police reported. On the ground he was stabbed and had his throat cut.
The autopsy determined he died from blood loss.
Thomas I. Evenson III, 40; Anthony A. Haube, 33; and Thomas P. Lyons, 45; all of Petersburg, were named in an indictment unsealed Friday afternoon in Juneau. Alaska State Troopers major crime investigator Sgt. Randy McPherron and Alaska Chief Medical Examiner Franc Fallico were among witnesses who testified before the grand jury behind closed doors Thursday.
Each defendant faces a second-degree murder charge in Gerber's death, along with the first-degree count. The indictment alleges each was legally accountable for Gerber's death either through individual actions or through actions of others in their group.
Haube also is charged with second-degree robbery of Gerber. Two additional counts charge Haube with tampering with physical evidence. One alleges that he impaired the investigation by covering Gerber's body. The other alleges he gave a knife used in the crime to another person, who was listed among the witnesses questioned by the grand jury.
Gerber was last seen alive on the night of March 31, with other people at area bars and liquor stores, Petersburg Police Chief Dale Stone said. Gerber later went to an apartment on Sing Lee Alley, where he was drinking with others.
Court records show that Haube and Evenson also had connections in Juneau. Evenson had at least one misdemeanor conviction in Juneau in the 1990s, and Haube was convicted of misdemeanor assault in Juneau in 2004.
Petersburg is a community of about 3,200 people on Mitkof Island, about 120 miles south of Juneau.
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