Suspect in Sterling ruckus pleads not guilty

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2001

KENAI (AP) -- A Sterling man pleaded not guilty this week to seven counts, including attempted murder, stemming from an early-morning scuffle last month.

At his hearing Tuesday, Philip Mark Barnholdt was scheduled for trial July 2 in Kenai.

Barnholdt is accused of attempting to kill Stanley Jeffers and threatening three others on April 24.

According to Alaska State Troopers reports, Jeffers said Barnholdt came to his home before dawn and called for him to come out. Jeffers opened the door, saw that Barnholdt had a gun and shut the door. One shot was fired and possibly two more a short time later.

When authorities arrived, Barnholdt was gone. Troopers began an extensive search, calling in help from other law enforcement agencies and others to find Barnholdt or his vehicle. The suspect was found at his home about six hours later.

Among conditions set for Barnholdt's release on $150,000 bail were that he have no contact with the four people who were at Jeffers' home at the time of the shooting.

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