Murder suspect back in jail

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A man charged with murdering a man Christmas Eve is back in jail for allegedly violating the conditions of his bail, Ketchikan police said.

Brock Charles, 38, earlier this month was found smelling of alcohol at his mother's home, according to court records.

Charles is charged in the beating death of Gordon Rasnick, 50. Rasnick, an employee of Ketchikan Public Utilities, was found dead Christmas Day on a wooden walkway near a tunnel where police say the two bumped shoulders.

A witness said Charles, who earlier in the evening had been drinking and arguing with his girlfriend, assaulted the older, smaller man.

Police re-arrested Charles Aug. 9 after going to the home after the Ketchikan District Attorney's office received several tips that Charles might be violating court orders.

Charles was released on bail June 26 after his mother, Louise Charles, posted $25,000 bail and agreed to watch her son. Among other conditions of release, the court required that Charles remain with his mother 24 hours a day and not drink alcohol.

According to police, Charles was alone in his mother's house on Aug. 9 and smelled of alcohol. He also allegedly refused to provide a breath sample to police.

During a bail hearing Monday, Judge Trevor Stephens raised Charles' bail on the murder charge to $50,000. He also is being held on $500 bail for allegedly violating his conditions of release.

A Nov. 12 trial date has been set.

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