Conger gets 45 years after murder, eluding officers

Posted: Friday, March 10, 2006

William D. Conger was sentenced in Kenai Superior Court on Wednesday to 45 years in jail for the 2003 murder of John Tulin in Seward.

In an October plea agreement, Conger, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder and both parties agreed to dismiss the remaining charges.

Prior to the agreement and sentencing, Conger faced additional charges of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree burglary, one count each of second- and third-degree theft and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Conger was accused of shooting Tulin, 43, in the driveway of Tulin’s Seward home. Conger was arrested by Alaska State Troopers three days later after eluding officers by hiding in the woods outside of Seward.

Conger also had been accused of breaking into two unoccupied residences north of Seward, stealing supplies and a high-powered rifle, while he was on the run.

According to a trooper report, at about 9:20 p.m. July 19, troopers were notified that Tulin had been shot to death at his residence on Timber Drive.

Tulin lived there with his wife, Vivian Childs, and her daughter. Childs told troopers that until a few days earlier, Conger resided there, as well.

On the day of the shooting, Conger reportedly drove to Tulin’s home and shouted to Childs, “That’s it. I’ve had it. This time I’m going to kill him.”

A short time later, Tulin arrived home, Childs heard the two men arguing and then heard a shot.

Conger reportedly told her to call police. She did and then went outside where she found her husband dead in the driveway. Conger was gone.

He was arrested three days later without incident.

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