Kaltag man convicted of murder

Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Kaltag man was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a friend Aug. 17.

A jury took about three hours to convict Bill Peter, 64, of killing Ron Madros at Peter's home.

Peter and Madros, known to villagers as Johnny Glass, were drinking whiskey with Peter's mother-in-law, Lydene Ray, most of the day preceding the shooting.

At about 10:30 p.m., prosecutors said, Peter wanted to go to sleep. Peter had asked Madros to leave before he tried to go into his bedroom to sleep, but Madros stayed up with Ray.

Prosecutors contend that when Peter could not sleep because of the noise Madros made, he came out of his bedroom with an antique 20-gauge shotgun and fired two warning shots outside the house.

When Madros still did not leave, Peter became angry and shot Madros in the chest from about 3 feet away, then went back to his bedroom.

The jury rejected a defense contention that Peter was intoxicated and meant to shoot at the ceiling, but instead hit his friend.

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