Man convicted of killing ex-wife, her friend

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- It took a jury less than two hours Tuesday to decide that Mark Edwards was guilty of killing his ex-wife, Mona Edwards, and her roommate, Maela Crabtree.

Jurors found Edwards guilty Tuesday afternoon of two counts of first-degree murder.

The two women were found dead on Dec. 19, 1998, at the home they shared. Both had been shot once in the head at close range, Crabtree at the front door and Edwards while asleep in a downstairs bedroom.

Mark Edwards was lying next to Mona, also shot in the head but alive.

The shot left him blind and with brain damage. Defense attorneys had argued that he wasn't mentally fit to stand trial.

But Superior Court Judge Elaine Andrews ruled last summer that Edwards was competent to be tried.

Sentencing is set for November. Edwards faces a maximum of 99 years in prison for each murder.

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