Alaska man accused of fatally shooting wife released from jail

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:22 PM
A 91-year-old Alaska man accused of fatally shooting his wife has been released from jail to his family.

“I don't know what happened," Duane Marvin reportedly told cops, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. “I had no reason to do anything to my wife.”

He’s charged with first and second-degree murder as well as tampering with evidence in the death of his 92-year-old wife, Charlotte Marvin.

The defense maintains that Marvin is innocent.

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“He didn't shoot his wife on purpose, he stumbled and fell and in the falling of it and the police knew that and yet they send him to jail knowing the condition he's in," his attorney, Jon Buchholdt, said in court, according to KTUU-TV. “He's like a child, this man, you do not put a child in jail.”

Marvin was released to his granddaughter, Gena Powers, on Wednesday. She says he has dementia and is a decorated WWII veteran.

Marvin, who navigates in a wheelchair, turned himself into police on Monday and confessed that he had shot his wife at their Midtown Anchorage home, the newspaper reported.

Authorities say Marvin blasted a gunshot to the back of his wife’s head and then hid the weapon.

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Officers at the scene found two pistols, one of which was covered in blood, in an upstairs cabinet, according to the Dispatch.

Powers had told attorneys that she removed all the weapons from her grandfather’s home.


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