Two men arrested for murder of Anchorage woman

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men have been charged with murdering a woman who disappeared the same day she received a large check from a Native corporation.

Police charged Curtis Kragero, 36, and Antonio Garrison, 37, each with first-degree murder in the death of Tawni Williams of Anchorage. Her body was found in a shallow grave in Wasilla in August. Detectives acting on a tip found her body under about two feet of dirt in a wooded area.

Williams, 50, disappeared May 18 on the same day she received a $22,500 distribution from Cook Inlet Region Incorporated.

The money was drained from Williams' bank account in the weeks following her disappearance. Williams was last seen with Garrison at a gas station at Northway mall.

Garrison is currently being held at the Cook Inlet jail for the murder last year of Anchorage used car dealer Paul Clinton.

Kragero was arrested Tuesday night at his home in Anchorage.

In addition to the murder charges, both men have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, evidence tampering, theft and hindering prosecution.

Bank records show that Williams withdrew $500 from an automatic teller machine on May 18, the first of a series of ATM withdrawals. Later that day, $12,000 more was taken out from inside a Wells Fargo branch, as well as another $1,000.

Michelle Wilcots, one of Williams' friends, said she saw Williams give her bank card and personal identification number to Garrison a couple of months before she disappeared.

Garrison has said he did not hurt Williams or Clinton. He said he was friends with both of them.

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