Sterling man arraigned in brother's death

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2004

The 34-year-old Sterling man accused of fatally stabbing his brother Sept. 19 was arraigned on one count of second-degree murder in Kenai Superior Court on Tuesday.

Judge Charles T. Huguelet scheduled a representation hearing for Oct. 13 to determine whether Jesse A. Gibson, 34, will be represented by a private attorney or need to have a public defender appointed.

During the arraignment, Gibson told the court he expects to have his house sold this week and would be able to afford an attorney.

After receiving a 911 call on Sept. 19, Alaska State Troopers found Paul M. Gibson, 32, with a knife wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said the brothers had argued, fought physically and sometime during the fight, the younger brother received the knife wound.

According to troopers, alcohol was involved in the incident.

Jesse Gibson is being held in Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $125,000 bail with a third-party custodian required if he should be released from custody.

His trial tentatively is set to begin Dec. 13.

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