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Game camera holds clue in shooting

Posted: September 6, 2012 - 8:58am

A game camera set up by Demian Sagerser, an Anchor Point man shot dead in July, provided Alaska State Troopers with one of the first clues to who might have killed him. 

Sagerser set up the camera outside his cabin after a prior burglary, and that camera caught the image of a dark-skinned man in a red jacket, red T-shirt and a red ball cap walking toward the cabin the night of his death.

Trooper investigators allege the man in the red jacket is Demarqus D. Green, 20, of Anchorage, and that Green shot and killed Sagerser over a marijuana deal. 

Investigators said Green told another man that he had gone to buy some marijuana from someone, and that the person “disrespected him” and he “had to take care of business.”

Last Friday, troopers and Anchorage Police arrested Green near his 13th Avenue Anchorage home. Green was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence and is being held at the Anchorage Jail. 

A public defender has been appointed for Green and pre-indictment hearings were held this week in Anchorage. Green has not yet entered a plea and no bail has been set for him.

“I am relieved that a suspect has been taken into custody but I find no joy in this,” said David Sagerser, Demian’s father. “Let us hope that this young fellow is not railroaded into a conviction but rather that he has a fair and honest trial that either convicts him with certainty or absolves him. I have no place in my heart for vengeance.”

A friend, Cimmaron Tangman, found Sagerser, 40, dead about 8:20 p.m. on July 7 at his David Avenue home near Mile 149 Sterling Highway after Tangman went to Sagerser’s home to drop off a box of drywall mud. Tangman had been doing drywall work for Sagerser at his cabin in exchange for marijuana, according to an affidavit filed by Alaska Bureau of Investigations Investigator Austin MacDonald.

Sagerser had been shot twice, once through the back and once through his left rib cage. Investigators later determined Sagerser had been shot with 9-mm bullets. Investigators found Sagerser’s cell phone by a couch in his cabin.

Tangman saw that six pint-size Mason jars of marijuana he had seen earlier were gone and he thought Sagerser had been robbed. Tangman attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation on his friend until he realized Sagerser had no pulse. 

Tangman knew Sagerser had set up the game camera and looked at the images on his computer to see if he could identify the killer. The only person he didn’t recognize was the man in the red jacket. Although Tangman knew there was a warrant for his arrest in an unrelated incident, he went to the Alaska State Troopers and reported his friend’s shooting at about 1 a.m. July 8. He also gave troopers the game camera.

Tangman had spent the day of July 7 with Sagerser running errands in Soldotna and Kenai. Tangman said he saw a lot of money in Sagerser’s wallet when he paid for things — more than $1,000, MacDonald said Tangman told him. At Sagerser’s house, he helped him unload some Sheetrock and then left. 

Tangman also said Sagerser had borrowed his iPhone to send text messages to someone in Anchorage. Sagerser was arranging for someone to buy marijuana from him, MacDonald said Tangman told him. Tangman said Sagerser sent a photo of himself with a bunch of marijuana in his cabin and told the person it was $1,200 for a quarter pound. The person said he was a “big fish” and wanted a better price. Tangman said Sagerser sold pot out of his cabin but grew it at another house, the affidavit said.

While Tangman had been at Sagerser’s house, two women came to Sagerser’s cabin. The women told troopers his mother and two other people came to the cabin, but that Sagerser told everyone they had to leave. 

Images on the game camera verified the events witnesses told troopers, MacDonald said. The images of the man in the red jacket showed he entered at 7:02 p.m. July 7 and left at 7:10 p.m. About 8:20 p.m. an image shows Tangman entering the cabin. That’s when he found Sagerser’s body.

Searching Sagerser’s cell phone and other cell phone records, investigators said a call was made at 7:01 p.m. to Sagerser’s phone from an Anchorage number alleged to belong to Jimmy Lamont Stevenson. Investigators tracked the phone with that number and said it was in the Anchor Point area about 15 minutes on July 7.

That phone also went from Anchorage to Sagerser’s home between July 6 and July 7. Investigators connected Stevenson’s phone to another phone, a pre-paid phone they said was known through prior contacts to belong to Green. 

The only number Green and Stevenson’s phones had in common was Sagerser’s, investigators alleged.

Investigators got surveillance video from the Kenai Wal-Mart that at about 1 p.m. July 7 shows a dark-skinned man in a red T-shirt and a red ball cap with a man in a gray hoody alleged to be Stevenson. Phone records showed that Stevenson’s phone communicated with a cell phone tower near Wal-Mart and then later with a cell phone tower near Sagerser’s home. Sagerser’s house is near a cell phone tower in the Stariski area.

Troopers in Anchorage kept Stevenson and Green under surveillance in July and August. Investigators got warrants and searched Green’s home last Friday. They found a 9-mm Smith and Wesson handgun and ammunition at his home. 

Investigators said Green admitted going to Sagerser’s home on July 7 to buy marijuana and that the man in the game camera photographs was him. Green said he did not shoot Sagerser.

In an interview, Stevenson said he had been in Soldotna on July 7 with Green and that Green borrowed his cell phone and drove away. Green never returned his phone, Stevenson told investigators, claiming it was lost.

Stevenson also said Green told him he had gone to buy marijuana from someone, but that the person disrespected him and he “had to take care of business.”

Stevenson has not been charged in relation to Sagerser’s killing.


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roadnazi 09/06/12 - 10:16 am
What would reduce the numer of crimes like this?

Legalizing marijuana would reduce these types of crimes. Very sad, indeed. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

JOAT 09/06/12 - 07:53 pm
Give it a rest, pot-heads

The reason this guy is dead is from pot. Pot kills, even if indirectly. Drugs spawn an intricate web of property and violent crimes throughout society. The last thing we need is to have more drugs around. Drugs ruin lives. Drug dealing should be treated like negligent homicide. Drug users also need to be punished and then treated. Kids need to be educated continuously from 1st grade all the way through college about the evils of drug use and how it destroys lives and puts untold burden on society.

kenaikid 09/06/12 - 10:03 pm
Put this in your bong and smoke on it.

The reason this guy is dead is from Dr Pepper. Soft drinks kills, even if indirectly. Soft drinks spawn an intricate web of property and violent crimes throughout society. The last thing we need is to have more soft drinks around. Soft drinks ruin lives. Soft drink sales should be treated like negligent homicide. Soft drink users also need to be punished and then treated. Kids need to be educated continuously from 1st grade all the way through college about the evils of soft drink consumption and how it destroys lives and puts untold burden on society.

my statements on soft drinks makes about as much damn sense as that other goof balls views on Pot. Yes they are both stupid, but I think you get my drift!!! :)

BigRedDog 09/07/12 - 06:18 am
Those cameras are cheap!

These things are made with cell phone technology to e-mail pictures when taken to your smart phone. woe! you can see just when that neighbors cat digs up your daisies! There might be some solice in that Mr Sagerser probably knew his murderer would be fingered bye his game camera. From the nature of this crime Mr Stevensen if guilty is a murderer and with that will would for whatever reason eventually kill if justified bye this ill will! A very wise man once told me not to seek revenge, it's easier to watch their own Ill Will kill itself. To bad Sagerser got in the guys path, but society would eventually have to deal with this type of killer sooner or later! Who knows if Stevensen thought he was dissed or ripped off, the facts show that was enough to make him take care of business as he put it. teach your children that nothing but love is worth everything. To murder is to give up everything you love forever as that is what was taken from the victim. For whatever reason one thinks is enough to take revenge at this level is insanity and has no place in a healthy mind. So go online and decide, camphone, or just camera. Let's catch that cat that's been digging up those flowers!

jlmh 09/07/12 - 01:23 pm
Irrelevant comparison

The consumption of Dr. Pepper doesn't impair one's inhibitions, decision-making ability, or fitness to work, drive or operate machinery. Cravings for it do not drive consumers to acts of desperation, often amounting to violence or crime. I understand that there are compelling arguments for the legalization/regulation of marijuana, but I think we can still agree that mind-altering substances fall into a different category than merely unhealthy beverages.

msjinxie 09/07/12 - 02:21 pm

Joat, I am sorry but your nieve to think "pot kills". This man isn't dead because of pot. He is dead because some tweeker robbed and killed him WITH A GUN. Its like blaming the frigging gun in a murder. Guns, Drugs, you name it don't kill people, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE. Pull your heads out of the sand and start understanding things are fastly changing in this world, like it or not. People are desperate because they are starving. 22 Million ppl are out of work in our country, hmmm think that may have something to do with it? As we sit here throwing our two cents in, blaming this and that, people and children in our own state, and our land of milk and honey are literally starving, and providers are out of work. Yeah its the Pot that is the issue. Give me a break! MORALS are gone for most....which makes more deralicks than good people. Until that changes, and we start CARING about each other, and stop being fake and clueless, this nightmare of a way of life will continue.

spwright 09/07/12 - 02:35 pm

Fri. 9/7/12
"Don't Bogart that Joint My Friend, pass it over to me"

I have never known Weed to make a person violent.

Weed makes Ya Hungry, Horny & Sleepy in that order
& Stupid.Turn Up the Jefferson Airplane.

Booze makes Ya 6ft 9 & Bullet Proof & Mean & Ugly just lookin' for a fight & of course Stupid.


JOAT 09/07/12 - 08:22 pm
Drugs Kill

Wow is right. Ya'll can try to make excuses all day long. You can't excuse your way out of the cold hard fact that drug dealer "A" murdered drug dealer "B" because of pot. Facts is facts, no matter how inconvenient it is for your position.

BigRedDog 09/11/12 - 06:22 am
Prohibition is Prohibition

Prohibition keeps the money in it and what just happened is one boot legger killed another bootlegger. Do you realize just how much money the Federal gov makes of whiskey and other liquor? Back in 1990 it was 16.2 billion dollars. The war on drugs right now has a $46 billion dollar budget for the Drug Zarr to get down and funky with these pot heads! Do you want social security to work? Legailize pot and put a $25 per once sales tax on it dedicated to the SSI and watch SS become solvent
That 46 billion is just the tip of the iceberg, we are spending over 6 times that amount yearly to incarcerate these citizens. How many more turn key guards are needed because of the huge population in our prisons? What about the pentions for these guards and DEA agents ya baby thats where the money goes! And your going to keep right on paying that money as long as these current policies are active. Your opinion and my opinion are unimportant concerning the moral issues for whiskey or pot, whiskey has killed far more local folks. Fact is I don't of even one person that has EVER od'd on pot. but folks are dying every day from liquor. Fact is prohibition did not work for booze, but we're going to try it again for pot. What happens when you repeat your mistakes?

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