3 soldiers indicted in fatal shooting

Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2005

FAIRBANKS - Three soldiers based at Fort Wainwright have been indicted on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a 25-year-old Fairbanks man.

Pvt. Freddy Walker, 21, Pfc. Christopher Cox, 19, and Pfc. Lionel Wright, 21, are named in the grand jury indictment made public Friday.

The men are accused of shooting Alvin Wilkins Jr. from a moving vehicle earlier this month in what authorities believe is a gang-related dispute.

The soldiers, who were scheduled to deploy with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, remain in custody at the Fairbanks Correctional Center. Bail is set at $500,000 for Wright and $75,000 for Cox and Walker.

Wilkins was a hotel housekeeper trying to make it as a rapper. The soldiers also are rappers in a group known as "Ground Up."

The Aug. 14 dispute began in the parking lot of The New Sunset Strip nightclub. The soldiers were offended when rival gang members snatched a bandanna from their vehicle and burned it, court records state.

Court records state that Wilkins and a friend, Joel Bruney, 23, chased the soldiers in a car. The soldiers fired numerous gunshots, police said. Bruney drove Wilkins to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of his injuries.

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