Airman charged with attempted murder

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A 32-year-old Eielson Air Force Base airman is on trial for attempted murder in Fairbanks.

Airman Joseph Basom is charged with trying to kill his wife in August at their North Pole home. Troopers arrested him a few hours later in Delta Junction. His breath-alcohol was almost twice the legal limit.

Basom's public defenders contend the couple had an argument but that his wife attacked him first. The first state trooper to investigate said he saw no indication that the victim had been choked.

Trooper Gary Tellep testified Friday he first contacted Kelsi Basom at a neighbor's house.

He said he saw no evidence of choking, such as broken blood vessels in the eyes, redness around the neck or a raspy voice.

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