- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Juneau man has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting a man in a Mendenhall Valley mobile home park.

Thirty-two-year-old Christopher Strawn entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to first- and second-degree murder in last month’s death of 30-year-old Brandon Cook, The Juneau Empire reported (https://bit.ly/1RRGWwU). Strawn has been jailed on $1 million cash bail since his Oct. 21 arrest.

Prosecutors say Strawn shot and killed Cook at the Kodzoff Acres Mobile Home Park Oct. 20. Cook had been helping a friend paint the kitchen in her new trailer, and Strawn had been hired by the friend to help out with the trailer renovations.

Assistant District Attorney Amy Paige said previously in court that Strawn left the trailer that night, returned with a gun and then shot Cook “execution style” in the back of the head. Cook’s friend, Tiffany Albertson, had been standing a few feet from Cook when he was shot.

According to police, Albertson ran from the kitchen and called 911.

Juneau police have not yet presented a possible motive for the shooting, and have yet to find the shotgun used in the shooting.

A Juneau grand jury indicted Strawn on Friday for murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. He is also facing charges of assault and weapons misconduct.

Strawn’s 23-year-old girlfriend, Julie Lanz, who attended Strawn’s arraignment Tuesday, previously told the Juneau Empire that Strawn was wrongfully accused and is not a “monster.” She said they are expecting a baby in June.

Strawn’s next court date has been scheduled for Nov. 30.


Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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