Sand Point man convicted of murder in girlfriend's killing

Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage jury Tuesday convicted a Sand Point man of killing his 26-year-old girlfriend in April 1999.

The jury found Marlon Mack, 32, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Allison Ward.

Ward was found by police half-naked in her Fairview home with a bra wrapped twice around her neck, according to Assistant District Attorney Adrienne Bachman. Ward's 4-year-old son found his mother's body partially draped on the living room sofa and thought she was sleeping.

Mack and Ward had a heated argument the night before she was murdered, according to testimony at trial. A neighbor said she heard yelling and fighting.

After the fight, Mack told police he left the home and checked into a downtown hotel. He called friends, according to charging documents, and returned to the home at noon the same day. Thirty minutes later, he called police, according to charging documents.

Ward and Mack dated for only two weeks but knew each other when they both lived in Sand Point about 11 years ago, according to charging documents.

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