FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks jury has found a 26-year-old man guilty of murder in the stabbing death of his best friend.
Adam Hamilton, 26, was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the Nov. 24 death of David Dixon of Fairbanks. Dixon was stabbed in the neck, chest and back at his home.
Hamilton was reportedly covered with blood when he was arrested shortly after the attack.
When Tuesday's verdict was announced, Hamilton showed no emotion but asked that the state return his wedding ring from the evidence locker.
Hamilton, due to be sentenced in July, faces up to 119 years in prison.
The jury did not deliberate on a second-degree murder charge, an alternative that defense attorney William Satterberg beseeched them to consider. He asked the jury to either acquit his client or convict the man of second-degree murder.
District Attorney Jeff O'Bryant's case consisted of such evidence as pieces of Hamilton's clothing smeared with the victim's blood.
Satterberg said that wasn't good enough for a first-degree murder conviction. He said the state didn't provide a motive and could not say whether blood was smeared on the inside or outside of some of the garments.
O'Bryant described the 28 stab wounds as strategically aimed to kill.
``If it was someone's intent to hold someone off, would they stab him 28 times?'' he said. ``These aren't the types of wounds that are intended just to get someone's attention ... to get them to cease or stop.''
The victim's wife, Rebekah Dixon, told investigating troopers last year that she had awakened at about 2:30 a.m. and saw a man with his face covered stabbing her husband with what looked like a dagger. David Dixon died less than an hour later.