2 charged in death at Anchorage homeless camp

Posted: Monday, October 11, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Two men have been charged in the death of a man at an Anchorage homeless camp on the city's northeast side.

Darren Alexander, 30, died Saturday. Police said he had been beaten with a baseball bat.

Kevin Beasley, 43, was charged with second-degree murder in the incident and Steven Billum, 45, was charged with felony assault.

Alexander was not homeless and was visiting the camp, police told the Anchorage Daily News.

Department spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said Beasley is accused of beating the victim with a baseball bat, which was then put into a campfire.

The bat started to burn, and Billum is accused of taking it out of the fire and burning Alexander with it.

The camp was near a snow dump site 100 yards east of McCarrey Street between Mountain View Drive and the Glenn Highway in the Mountain View neighborhood.

Someone called police at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday from a nearby gas station and reported seeing the body at the camp, Parker said.

Investigators on Saturday afternoon gathered evidence at the scene. The camp included a circle of about four tents, trash and other items.

Police interviewed occupants of the camp and investigators took several to police headquarters for questioning. A search warrant allowed detectives to look through tents and other belongings at the camp, Parker said.

The suspects were scheduled for arraignment Sunday.

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