One defendant in Nenana murder trial pleads no contest

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of the two men charged with the January murder of Nenana resident John Burk will not be heading to trial.

Darin J. Nathaniel, 18, reached a plea bargain Tuesday morning in which he pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree murder, Nathaniel also agreed to testify against Mark Andrews, 25, the other man charged in connection with the murder.

In a crime that stunned the tiny community of Nenana, Burk, a lifelong resident, was killed by a shotgun blast through the front door of his cabin early on Jan. 14. Nathaniel, of Minto, and Andrews, of Nenana, were arrested several days later and charged with the crime.

According to the criminal complaint, Nathaniel confessed to Alaska State Troopers that he and Andrews had conspired to rob Burk.

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