Airman set for second trial

Posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2009

FAIRBANKS - The second trial of a 32-year-old airman accused of trying to kill his wife is set to begin Tuesday in Fairbanks.

Joseph Basom, who is assigned to Eielson Air Force Base, is charged with attempted murder, felony assault and drunken driving.

According to authorities, Basom was upset about his failing marriage when he choked his wife, Kelsi, and threatened her with a knife in their North Pole home last August.

Basom was arrested after driving to Delta Junction. Authorities said Basom's breath-alcohol was almost twice the legal limit.

His first trial ended in a mistrial in February when prosecutors learned of a letter Basom wrote to his wife.

Court records say the letter contained information that could be used by prosecutors and the defense.

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