Sitka: Teen indicted in death of infant

Posted: Sunday, June 02, 2002

A grand jury on Thursday indicted a 17-year-old accused of murdering an infant last month on three separate charges. Josh S. Rowden originally was charged with one count of first-degree murder for the April 27 death of his girlfriend's son, 7-week-old Adrian Fackrell. A Ketchikan grand jury added two more charges: Second-degree murder and manslaughter.

District Attorney Steve West said Tuesday that the three charges are different theories of the alleged crime and provide some options for the state and jury if the case goes to trial.

Adrian - the son of Leah Fackrell - was born March 5, and was brought to the Ketchikan General Hospital on April 16 with severe injuries doctors said were consistent with abuse, according to charging documents filed in court by police.

A hearing for Rowden had been scheduled last week with Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson. However, the state requested the case be reassigned to a different judge. As of Tuesday, no new judge had been assigned, and no new hearings were scheduled. Rowden remains in the Ketchikan Correctional Center on $100,000 bail.

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