Arrest made in shooting death of Nenana trapper

Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder of a Nenana trapper.

Darin J. Nathaniel, 18, of Minto was taken into custody without incident at a home in Minto, Alaska State Troopers said. He was taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of John Mackie Burk, 62.

Burk was found dead inside his Nenana cabin Jan. 14. Three shots had been fired into his front door and Burk had been struck in the chest.

The first arrest in the case was made Tuesday night. Mark Andrews, 25, was taken into custody at the Rescue Mission in Fairbanks. Andrews had been staying at the Rescue Mission since leaving Nenana last week.

Troopers said additional charges are pending against both men.

Investigators said robbery appeared to be the motive for the shooting.

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