Troopers search for 2 suspected of murder

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Alaska State Troopers are seeking Curtis M. Johnson, 22, and Garry Lawrence, 25, for their roles in the Brandon Steward homicide case.

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  Garry Lawrence

Troopers now believe the two are trying to flee the state by using a fishing vessel as transportation and said they suspect the two are at, or somewhere in between the communities of Kodiak and Seward.


Curtis Johnson

On May 3, a Fairbanks Grand Jury returned indictments for Johnson and Lawrence, both of Fairbanks, for the homicide of Steward, which occurred in Fairbanks on Jan. 14. The charges against Johnson and Lawrence include first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution.


Garry Lawrence

A separate Grand Jury Indictment was returned for Curtis G. Johnson Sr., 51, of Fairbanks, for hindering prosecution, a class C felony, for knowingly and unlawfully rendering assistance with the intent to hinder apprehension or prosecution of his son. Johnson Sr. was arrested May 5 and taken to the Fairbanks Correction Center. His bail was set at $5,000 with a court-approved third-party custodian.

Lawrence and Johnson Jr. should be considered armed and dangerous, troopers said. Arrest warrants have been issued and anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call troopers, your local police department or your local Crime Stoppers.

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