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California authorities wrapping up double homicide investigation

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- California authorities are wrapping up their investigation into a double homicide before Christmas and expect to file charges sometime this week.

The bodies, including that of a Fairbanks man, were found Christmas Eve along Interstate 5 in northern California.

''We are focusing in our investigation,'' said Capt. William Cox of the Shasta County Sheriff's Department. ''Hopefully, we'll be wrapping things up in the next couple days.''

Cox said California investigators were sent back to Washington state on Sunday to interview more people who could have been involved in the case.

The killing of Hakeem Bryant, 25, of Fairbanks, and Christopher Martin, 27, of Olympia, Wash., occurred in California after the men left with another Fairbanks man from a Tacoma apartment for a drug transaction, according to court documents.

After Shasta County authorities charge someone with that crime, they will also discuss the link between the double homicide and the murder of 25-year-old Teacka Bacote in an Ester apartment on Dec. 27, Cox said.

Jason Wallace, 22, of Tacoma has been charged with murdering Bacote and setting fire to the apartment in an attempt to destroy the evidence.

Cox said there is a definite connection between the killing of Bryant and Martin and the murder of Bacote, but both he and Alaska State Troopers have declined to reveal details.

Court documents also reveal several associations between Wallace, Bacote and those involved with the Pacific Northwest case.

Along with murder and arson charges in Bacote's death, Wallace is also charged with trying to kill another person in Fairbanks on Dec. 27. He was arraigned in Fairbanks Superior Court on Monday for the stabbing of Corey Spears, 28. Wallace is scheduled to go on trial March 17.

William Holmes, 22, of Fairbanks is scheduled to appear in Lewis County Superior Court on Thursday for an arraignment on an arson charge. Holmes is charged with burning the rental car that he, Martin and Bryant used to drive to California.



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