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JPD nabs man who may face Colo. murder charges

Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010

John Angerer, 40, was arrested in Juneau on Anchorage probation violations little more than a month after being released from Colorado's Boulder County Jail, where he had been held for five months on a charge of second-degree murder.

Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

The Juneau Police Department, acting on a tip, arrested Angerer in front of the Alaska Cache Liquor store Thursday afternoon.

An e-mail began the process that led to Angerer's arrest. The woman who received the e-mail, who asked not to be identified, said the e-mail stated Angerer was spotted in the Juneau State Library using a fax machine to send information to his parole officer. She then asked security officer Ben Coronell about the e-mail and he printed it and an accompanying photo of Angerer and took it to security officers in the lobby, she said.

"We just wanted to give them a heads up that this guy was in town," the woman said. "They said Angerer had just been there in the morning, going to the social security office."

Coronell then took the photo to the social security administration office and they called the Juneau Police Department. JPD then discovered Angerer had a probation violation.

Angerer was arrested Feb. 24 after a four-year investigation for the killing of Angela Wilds, 38, on June 4, 2006, according to news reports from the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera. According to an arrest warrant, friends saw Wilds, who was homeless, hugging and kissing Angerer at a barbecue in early 2006 and she disappeared after that. Hikers found the badly decomposed body that summer. A friend reported Wilds missing in the fall and DNA was used to identify the body. DNA samples from items near the body were eventually matched to Angerer.

Angerer was extradited to Colorado from Alaska where he was in Anchorage custody for probation violations, the newspaper reported. Hs violations included failing to report to his probation officer, failing an anger management program, consuming alcohol and violating a restraining order, court records state. After five months in the Boulder County (Colo.) Jail, a Boulder County judge ruled there was not enough evidence for the case against him to proceed.

DNA evidence showed Angerer had sex with Wilds within 72 hours of her death, even though he denied to police that he knew her, the newspaper reported. The article also said the Colorado District Attorney's Office submitted testimony from a pathologist stating Wilds' death was homicide by asphyxiation and prosecutor David Cheval stated the crime scene showed a homicide was committed. Wilds' body was found in a shallow grave and the grave contained calcium oxide, commonly known as lime, Cheval said, according to the newspaper.

Colorado public defender Seth Temin used testimony from Boulder County Coroner's Office chief pathologist John Meyer, who stated there was no evidence in the autopsy to conclude homicide, and death could have been due to severe artery blockage causing heart attack, the newspaper reported.

"I was surprised he was released from here," said Boulder County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Oehlkers on Friday evening. "I was one of the initial detectives on the case and I am just surprised, I guess, because I am very familiar with the facts. The ruling surprised me but I know our district attorney will be appealing that ruling. We worked long and hard on that case."

Boulder County Judge Thomas Reed, during the preliminary hearing, visibly struggled with the decision to drop the charges or send the case to trial, questioning whether the prosecutions pathologist testimony was credible as a matter of law, the newspaper reported.

When contacted by phone Friday Boulder County First Assistant District Attorney Ryan Brackley said an appeal from the decision to dismiss is underway.

"We feel that it was an incorrect decision," Brackley said of Angerer's release. "We expect that when the appeals court reviews the judge's decision than John Angerer will no longer be Alaska's problem he will be back in Colorado facing a murder charge."

Angerer was arraigned Friday in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Patricia Collins on a petition to revoke probation.

Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams said Angerer was a flight risk and she was concerned about the safety of the community.

Angerer was visibly jittery in Collins' courtroom "C," tapping his legs and striking his shackles against the table.

"Is there anyway we can see what we can do about this today?" Angerer said, while being read his rights. "My charges were dismissed, I am not out on bail."

Collins imposed a bail of $50,000 cash performance with a third-party custodian, and ordered immediate transport to Anchorage. He is scheduled to be arraigned there 1 p.m. Aug. 30.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

Editor’s note: This story was edited on Aug. 26 from its original form.



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