Second Homer man arrested on murder charges

Homer man shot, killed

Posted: Monday, August 09, 2004

A 28-year-old Homer man was shot and killed Saturday evening by a man he met earlier in the day.

Mephiboseth Wilkinson died, apparently of a gunshot wound to the head, according to Alaska State Troopers. Leonard Wallace, 47, also of Homer, has been charged with the murder.

"It appears they met earlier that day at a bar in Homer," said Dane Gilmore, an investigator with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation in Soldotna. "They spent some time together that day and were at the parking lot of the Carl Wynn Nature Center when Wallace shot Wilkinson with a .22-caliber derringer that he had in his truck.

"I don't know why."

According to a press release from troopers, Wallace then walked to a nearby residence, knocked on the door and told a woman to call police because he had shot someone.

Troopers, along with an officer from the Homer Police Department, received the call at about 7:45 p.m. and contacted Wallace at the residence, where he told troopers where to find the injured Wilkinson.

Wilkinson was discovered where Wallace said he would be, lying by Wallace's pickup in the nature center parking lot.

"It looks like he had at least one shot to the head," Gilmore said, noting that more information would be available after an autopsy.

Homer Emergency Medical Services took Wilkinson to South Peninsula Hospital, where doctors tried to stabilize him enough to be medevaced to Anchorage.

Wilkinson was declared dead around 11:30 p.m., before he could be airlifted to Anchorage.

In the meantime, troopers arrested Wallace, who scored a .209 blood alcohol content at around 9:30 p.m., Gilmore said. A BAC of .08 is legally intoxicated.

Troopers said alcohol is believed to have contributed to the shooting, but Gilmore said the incident doesn't appear to have been accidental.

"He meant to do it," Gilmore said.

Wallace was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, driving under the influence and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons. He is being held at Homer Jail.

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