Fort Yukon man changes plea in murder case

Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Yukon man pleaded no contest Monday to second degree murder and assault for the December shooting of two people on a snowmachine.

William Carroll, 35, faces a maximum of 35 years in prison after reaching a plea agreement in Fairbanks Superior Court.

Alaska State Troopers say Carroll fired a bolt-action .30-06-caliber rifle several times at four people piled onto a snowmachine as they left Carroll's home early Dec. 16.

Investigator Gary Tellep said Carroll knew the victims.

One of the shots killed Warren G. Ward, 22, the last person on the snowmachine. The same bullet hit Crystal Fields, who was sitting in front of him. She was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and treated for her injuries. The two other riders, Jody Peter and Jason Carroll, were not injured.

Tellep said no motive was apparent in the shooting and alcohol may have been a factor in the killing.

Carroll had been indicted on one court of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and a count of first-degree assault.

Superior Court Judge Richard Savell must approve the plea deal before or at sentencing. Sentencing is set for Oct. 2.

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