Ketchikan court runs out of jurors for murder trial

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A new round of prospective jurors was called in at Ketchikan Superior Court Wednesday after the first pool of jurors was exhausted during jury selection in a murder trial getting under way.

The trial for Carl Abhul, who is accused of killing his former roommate, recessed for the day Tuesday with two empty seats in the jury box.

Abuhl, 30, is charged with first-degree murder for the May 7 beating death of Steve Bowen, 49.

Abuhl had also faced charges of cruelty to animals for reportedly injuring Bowen's cat. But Tuesday he pleaded no contest to charges that he placed the cat in a microwave oven, turned the oven on while the cat was inside and later beat the cat.

Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson said Abuhl will be sentenced on the misdemeanor cruelty charge following the murder trial.

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