Two accused in Nenana shooting death plead innocent at arraignment

Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two men accused in the murder of Nenana resident John Burk pleaded innocent at their arraignment Monday.

A grand jury last week indicted Mark Andrews, 25, of Nenana and Darin J. Nathaniel, 18, of Minto in Burk's shooting death.

Andrews was charged with first-degree murder, while he and Nathaniel face charges of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and two counts each of second-degree theft.

Burk, 62, died from a shotgun blast through the front door of his Nenana cabin on Jan. 14. Authorities believe the shooting was related to a robbery attempt.

The death of the lifelong resident shook the small Interior community, which hadn't seen a homicide since 1993.

Andrews and Nathaniel were arrested at a Fairbanks rescue mission several days after Burk's death.

The burglary charges against them stem from allegations they stole two shotguns from another Nenana resident shortly before Burk was killed.

The cases of Andrews and Nathaniel have been joined and assigned to Superior Court Judge Charles Pengilly, with trial tentatively set for the week of April 16.

Each is being held in the Fairbanks Correctional Center on $200,000 cash bond.

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