Two people charged with Nome murder

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002

NOME (AP) -- Two people are facing charges in the ax slaying of a Nome man whose bloodied body was found Sunday, police said Monday.

James ''Jimmy'' Jack, 56, was found dead at his home. Police have charged Bernice Slwooko, 33, and Jacob Lee Anagick, 36, with first-degree murder.

According to court records, Anagick came to the Nome Police Department on Sunday morning and told police that he had killed Jack.

Police went to the home and found Jack dead on the floor with a severe injury to the left side of his skull. They also found a full-length ax with blood on it near the body.

Police said statements made by the suspects indicate that Anagick and his girlfriend were drinking with Jack at his home when a fight broke out. Anagick reportedly asked Slwooko for help and Slwooko picked up the ax, which was in the room, and struck Jack twice on the head, police said.

Jack fell to the floor and was still breathing when Anagick allegedly took the ax and hit him again, killing him, police said.

Anagick made an initial appearance in Nome Superior Court Monday morning. He was being held on a $10,000 cash-only bail

Slwooko also was scheduled to make a court appearance Monday.

Both were being held at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome.

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