Trial begins for man charged in 2000 beating death

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The trial has begun for a man charged in the beating death of an Anchorage woman in September 2000.

A jury in state Superior Court in Anchorage heard opening statements Tuesday in the trial of Joshua Wade. Wade is charged with beating and raping Della Brown, whose body was found in a shed in the city's Spenard neighborhood.

During opening statements, prosecutors played a tape of Wade bragging about the crime to friends. Prosecutors said Wade knew details of the crime that only the killer would have known.

But Wade's attorney said his bragging amounted to a string of lies. Lawyer Cindy Strout said a number of people could have murdered Brown, including her boyfriend who had a history of assaulting her.

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