Man arrested after party shooting kills 1

Posted: Monday, February 26, 2007

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man shot and killed another man during a fight at a motel that occurred during a cocaine-fueled party, according to court documents filed by state prosecutors.

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Anchorage police arrested Rodney Averill, 29, on Saturday. He is charged with killing David Hubbard, 36, who was found on the hotel room floor.

Police also are looking for Samantha Tuttle, 23, of Anchorage who goes by the name "Sammie. According to police, she left the room during the fight.

Averill had an initial court appearance Saturday in which the state formally charged him with one count each of second-degree murder and manslaughter. A judge set cash bail at $100,000.

The slaying is Anchorage's fifth homicide of the year.

According to prosecutors, Averill called Anchorage police Saturday shortly after midnight, saying he'd just shot a man who broke into the hotel room to steal his belongings.

Later, police got a second call. Jeter Hertz told police he was in the room when Averill fired the first shot, the documents say.

According to documents, Hertz told police that Averill brought more than $1,000 worth of cocaine to the room Friday. He and Hertz partied with Tuttle, who turned 23 Saturday.

Tuttle left the party about 11 p.m., returning later with Hubbard and another man.

The three pushed their way into the room. Hubbard accused Averill of stealing the woman's wallet and hit him.

Hertz tried to separate the two men when Averill pulled out a handgun and aimed it at Hubbard.

"What are you going to do, shoot me?" Hubbard said.

The two men fell onto the bed and Hertz heard a gunshot.

According to the documents, investigators found spent shells in the room and a handgun on the coffee table. Hotel guests in an adjacent room said they'd heard "five to seven" popping sounds.

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