Tacoma man charged with trying to kill second person

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2003

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- A Washington state man, already charged with murdering a Fairbanks woman and setting fire to her apartment to cover up the crime, has been charged with trying to kill a second person the same day, according to court documents.

Jason Wallace, 22, of Tacoma, Wash., was charged Thursday with attempted murder and first-degree assault in the Dec. 27 stabbing of Corey Spears. The indictment was made public Friday.

Wallace is being held on $2 million bail in the case, which has also been linked to the Dec. 24 killings of two men -- one of them the boyfriend of the slain Fairbanks woman -- in northern California.

Wallace was arrested on a third-degree assault charge in the attack on Spears after troopers interviewed Spears at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. They found Wallace at Fairbanks International Airport, waiting to board a flight to Washington state, according to a criminal complaint.

At the time, Wallace had not been linked to the death of Teacka Bacote.

The complaint says Wallace admitted to biting and hitting Spears, but that further investigation revealed the assault was more serious, trooper Sgt. Scott Grasle said.

''We believe there was an intent to kill,'' he said.

After his arrest, Wallace was charged with murder and arson in Bacote's death. Her body was found Dec. 27 in the burned apartment she had shared with Spears just outside Fairbanks.

Wallace is scheduled for arraignment Monday on the attempted-murder and assault charges in Fairbanks Superior Court.

Authorities have linked Bacote's murder to the Christmas Eve killings of two men -- her boyfriend, Hakeem Bryant, 25, of Fairbanks and Christopher Martin, 27, of Olympia, Wash. -- in northern California.

The bodies of the two men were found a half-mile apart on Interstate 5 near the town of Castella. No charges have been filed in their deaths.

On Monday, William Z. Holmes of Fairbanks was charged with arson in Washington state for burning a car believed to have been used in the northern California killings. Holmes is being held in Lewis County on $1 million bail.

Martin's girlfriend has told police the men were carrying about $70,000 and were planning a drug transaction, according to documents filed in Holmes' arson case.

Holmes is scheduled to be arraigned in Lewis County Superior Court on Thursday.

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