Homer man arraigned on murder charges

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2004

Pleas of "not guilty" were entered in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday on behalf of the Homer man charged with fatally shooting another Homer man he had met earlier on the day of the shooting.

A trial has been scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 25, in Homer, for Leonard M. Wallace, 48, who was formally charged with first-degree murder, fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons and driving under the influence. Office of Public Assistance attorney Andy Haas entered not guilty pleas to all charges.

Wallace allegedly shot Mephiboseth Wilkinson, 28, in the head with a .22-caliber derringer in the parking lot of the Carl Wynn Nature Center in Homer on Aug. 7.

Wallace then walked to a nearby residence and told a woman to call police because he had shot someone, according to an Alaska State Trooper press release.

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.

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.

On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Harold Brown assigned the case to himself and scheduled an omnibus hearing for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7, with trial call set for Oct. 21 in Homer.

Brown left bail set at $500,000 cash with the requirement of a court-approved third-party custodian if Wallace were to be released. He is being held in Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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