Ketchikan jury finds man guilty of second-degree murder

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Ketchikan man was found guilty of second-degree murder in the beating death of his former friend.

A jury of two women and 10 men delivered the verdict Tuesday against Carl W. Abuhl, 30, who had been charged with first-degree murder in the May 2001 death of Steven Bowen.

The defense did not argue that Abuhl was innocent of killing Bowen, but asked the jury to find Abuhl guilty of manslaughter rather than murder.

Sentencing was set for Dec. 18.

Abuhl had also faced charges of cruelty to animals for reportedly injuring Bowen's cat. But last week 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 would be sentenced later on the misdemeanor cruelty charge.

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