A timeline of crimes with connections to the Grunwald case

A timeline of crimes with connections to the Grunwald case

Timeline of events and connection to the murder case of Palmer teen David Grunwald.

KTVA Web Staff
Johnson’s murder trial pushed to November

Johnson’s murder trial pushed to November

Dominic Johnson’s trial for the murder of David Grunwald has been moved from September to November to give attorneys more time to prepare.

Heather Hintze
Erick Almandinger guilty of murdering David Grunwald

Erick Almandinger guilty of murdering David Grunwald

Erick Almandinger has been found guilty on all counts of murdering Palmer teenager David Grunwald.

Heather Hintze
Almandinger cries as case handed off to jury

Almandinger cries as case handed off to jury

The defense attorney said the state didn’t prove Almandinger pulled the trigger. The Palmer District Attorney said the defendant is guilty of aiding and abetting the crime.

Heather Hintze
State, defense rest case in Almandinger’s murder trial

State, defense rest case in Almandinger’s murder trial

Erick Almandinger did not testify about his alleged role in David Grunwald’s death.

Heather Hintze
'It’s almost as if he’s one of them:' Grunwald rests with soldiers

'It’s almost as if he’s one of them:' Grunwald rests with soldiers

Homicide victim David Grunwald was buried at one of his parents’ plots at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Heather Hintze
Grunwald’s autopsy photos show pistol whipping injuries, fatal shot

Grunwald’s autopsy photos show pistol whipping injuries, fatal shot

David Grunwald’s parents left the courtroom because they say they can’t look at the pictures from his autopsy. Suspect Erick Almandinger kept his head down the entire time.

Heather Hintze
Almandinger detailed Grunwald murder to troopers in interview

Almandinger detailed Grunwald murder to troopers in interview

On December 2, 2016, the same day Grunwald’s body was found, Almandinger told troopers it was Austin Barrett who pulled the trigger.

Heather Hintze
Evidence shows Almandinger deleted Snapchat, Facebook messages

Evidence shows Almandinger deleted Snapchat, Facebook messages

Investigators found a conversation between suspects Erick Almandinger and Dominic Johnson that was later deleted from Almandinger’s tablet.

Heather Hintze
Jury selection date set in Almandinger murder case

Jury selection date set in Almandinger murder case

Family of murdered teen David Grunwald say they've been on an emotional roller coaster. A Palmer judge on Wednesday set the date for jury selection in the murder trial for Erick Almandinger.

Scott Gross
Almandinger's father testifies at murder trial

Almandinger's father testifies at murder trial

Part of Rodney Almandinger’s testimony centered around a series of 40 unanswered messages to his son Erick the night David Grunwald went missing.

Heather Hintze
David Grunwald’s parents testify in suspect’s murder trial

David Grunwald’s parents testify in suspect’s murder trial

Both Ben and Edie Grunwald say it’s difficult to put into words what it’s like to be in the courtroom with their son’s accused murderer Erick Almandinger every day.

Heather Hintze
Murder trial begins more than a year after Grunwald’s death

Murder trial begins more than a year after Grunwald’s death

Erick Almandinger is one of four people accused of shooting and killing Grunwald in November 2016.

Heather Hintze
'Gang-related' photos allowed in Almandinger trial

'Gang-related' photos allowed in Almandinger trial

Pictures depicting murder suspect Erick Almandinger doing “gang-related” activity will be shown to jurors during his trial.

Heather Hintze
Judge allows Grunwald body photos in murder trial

Judge allows Grunwald body photos in murder trial

Judge Gregory Heath ruled state prosecutors will be able to show pictures of David Grunwald's body at the crime scene and the autopsy to jurors during Erick Almandinger's murder trial.

Heather Hintze
Almandinger's statements admissible in Grunwald murder trial

Almandinger's statements admissible in Grunwald murder trial

Judge Gregory Heath denied a motion to suppress statements Erick Almandinger made to Alaska State Troopers in four interviews during the investigation into David Grunwald's murder.

Heather Hintze
Trial for defendants in David Grunwald case likely to start next year

Trial for defendants in David Grunwald case likely to start next year

A trial date for two of four teens charged in the David Grunwald murder case will likely come in 2019.
The judge denies the state's request to add aggravators of physical torture to the charges.

Lauren Maxwell
Second trial set for Grunwald murder suspect

Second trial set for Grunwald murder suspect

Dominic Johnson is the second of four suspects to get his own trial, which will begin in September. Austin Barrett and Bradley Renfro won’t likely go to trial until early 2019.

Heather Hintze
Parents of suspect in Grunwald murder testify

Parents of suspect in Grunwald murder testify

David Grunwald murder suspect Erick Almandinger wrapped up his evidentiary hearing with testimony from his father about his Snapchat account, which is mother talked about his interview with troopers after his arrest.

Heather Hintze
Three separate trials for four Grunwald murder suspects

Three separate trials for four Grunwald murder suspects

Last week Judge Heath signed off on a motion to sever Dominic Johnson's trial from his co-defendants Bradley Renfro and Austin Barrett. Suspect Erick Almandinger was already set for his own trial which begins in May.

Heather Hintze
Teen admits hiding guns used to kill David Grunwald

Teen admits hiding guns used to kill David Grunwald

Devin Peterson, 19, admits he hid two guns used in the November 2016 murder of the Palmer teenager, and provided gas cans later used to burn Grunwald’s truck.

Heather Hintze
Judge to decide on evidence before Grunwald murder suspect's trial

Judge to decide on evidence before Grunwald murder suspect's trial

Judge Gregory Heath set an evidentiary hearing for February 5 and 6. The Palmer District Attorney says that's when the judge will look at the motion to suppress statements Erick Almandinger made to investigators.

Heather Hintze
Three trials likely for four Grunwald murder suspects

Three trials likely for four Grunwald murder suspects

Dominic Johnson's attorney filed a motion to separate his case from Austin Barrett and Bradley Renfro. Erick Almandinger is already set to be tried on his own.

Heather Hintze
Teen accused in Grunwald murder seeks change of venue

Teen accused in Grunwald murder seeks change of venue

One of the teens accused of killing David Grunwald is hoping to have the trial moved out of the Valley.

KTVA Web Staff
New memorial unveiled for slain Palmer teen David Grunwald

New memorial unveiled for slain Palmer teen David Grunwald

It’s been six months since David Grunwald was allegedly beaten, kidnapped and shot to death. Now the 16-year-old’s life is being remembered with a new memorial at Academy Charter School in Palmer, where he attended 7th and 8th grade. “David was an awesome, amazing person and it’s a real loss,” David Grunwald’s mother, Edie Grunwald, […]
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Grunwald case suspect now faces federal child porn charges

Grunwald case suspect now faces federal child porn charges

Devin Peterson’s long list of child pornography-related charges has grown to include two federal charges. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the 18-year-old is one of the five Valley teens arrested in connection with David Grunwald’s murder. Alaska State Troopers seized Peterson’s phone during that investigation and found a disturbing video that could send […]
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Indictment: Grunwald case suspect allegedly recorded sexual assault of a minor

Indictment: Grunwald case suspect allegedly recorded sexual assault of a minor

A grand jury handed down an indictment on Jan. 12 that connects a suspect in the David Grunwald homicide case to the alleged sexual assault of a minor that was filmed in the Valley in July 2016. The jury indicted 22-year-old Jordan Santistevan on two charges for the July incident — second-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual […]
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Teen charged in Grunwald murder listed as ‘suspect’ in separate death investigation

Teen charged in Grunwald murder listed as ‘suspect’ in separate death investigation

“New information” has prompted Alaska State Troopers to reopen the case of the death of 16-year-old Frank Woodford.

Grunwald parents watch as teen murder suspects appear in court on new charges

Grunwald parents watch as teen murder suspects appear in court on new charges

Four of the five teenagers charged in connection to the death of 16-year-old David Grunwald in November were arraigned in Palmer court Tuesday on additional charges. Three of the four teens — Erick Almandinger, Dominic Johnson and Bradley Renfro — entered not guilty pleas on new charges of arson, vehicle theft and assault. Austin Barrett entered […]
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More charges for teens in custody for Grunwald murder

More charges for teens in custody for Grunwald murder

Four teens already in custody for crimes related to David Grunwald’s murder now face additional charges and are expected to be back in court at the end of December for their subsequent arraignments, according to online court records. Erick Almandinger, Dominic Johnson and Bradley Renfro all face first-degree assault and vehicle theft charges, as well […]
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Defense attorney: Finding untainted jury pool for Grunwald case will be difficult

Defense attorney: Finding untainted jury pool for Grunwald case will be difficult

The case of Palmer teen David Grunwald’s murder has gained national attention. Locally, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard about it. That’s why a local defense attorney says finding jurors for the trials could prove to be difficult. While he isn’t directly involved in the case, Rex Butler has been a defense […]
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Attorneys enter not guilty pleas for defendants in David Grunwald murder case

Attorneys enter not guilty pleas for defendants in David Grunwald murder case

Last updated at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13 All five suspects facing charges in connection to the kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old David Grunwald were arraigned in Palmer court Tuesday morning. Four of the teenage suspects — Erick Almandinger, Dominic Johnson, Austin Barrett and Bradley Renfro — face first-degree murder charges, multiple counts of second-degree […]
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Wasilla teen says she helped troopers find Grunwald murder suspects

Wasilla teen says she helped troopers find Grunwald murder suspects

Gin Berry, 16, has known Erick Almandinger since the third grade, long before he was charged with murder. She became better friends with him in high school, along with the four other teenagers recently charged in connection to 16-year-old David Grunwald’s murder. “They were actually really sweet,” she said of the five teen boys. “They […]
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David Grunwald’s parents call his murder ‘unconscionable,’ make case for death penalty in Alaska

David Grunwald’s parents call his murder ‘unconscionable,’ make case for death penalty in Alaska

Ben and Edie Grunwald are still in shock as they near their first Christmas without their son. “He was the one who decorated the tree, so it won’t be going up today,” Edie Grunwald said of her son David, who was found murdered near Palmer on Dec. 2. They described their son an energetic young […]
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‘Let justice take its course’: Southcentral Alaska reacts to new arrests in Grunwald murder

‘Let justice take its course’: Southcentral Alaska reacts to new arrests in Grunwald murder

Downtown Palmer is a bright scene this time of year. Colorful lights line the storefronts as people go to and from Colony Christmas events. However, it is tough to go anywhere in the area without overhearing conversations about the death of 16-year-old David Grunwald. Authorities arrested four more teenagers in connection with Grunwald’s death Friday — […]
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4 additional teens charged in connection to Grunwald murder

4 additional teens charged in connection to Grunwald murder

Last updated at 8:22 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 Four additional teenagers were charged Friday in the killing of 16-year-old Palmer teen David Grunwald. According to online court records, Dominic Johnson, 16, Devin Peterson, 18, and Austin Barrett, 19, and Bradley Renfro, 16, face multiple charges in connection with Grunwald’s kidnapping and murder. Johnson is charged […]
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Gang activity to blame? Experts weigh in on Grunwald murder.

Gang activity to blame? Experts weigh in on Grunwald murder.

Alaska State Troopers confirm Tuesday afternoon that the body discovered last Friday was in fact 16-year-old David Grunwald and the manner of death was homicide. Many questions remain as the investigation continues, including whether Grunwald’s death was gang related. Troopers believe several teens and an adult may have been involved the crime, though so far only 16-year-old […]
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Vigil held in Palmer to remember David Grunwald

Vigil held in Palmer to remember David Grunwald

Soon after Alaska State Troopers announced they had likely found the remains of David Grunwald near Knik River Road, a vigil to remember the Palmer teen was organized on Facebook. Saturday evening, nearly 200 people gathered at the Palmer Train Depot to share stories of Grunwald. Many of them were his classmates from Mat-Su Career […]
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Troopers confirm body found in Palmer is David Grunwald

Troopers confirm body found in Palmer is David Grunwald

Last updated at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 Following a weekend of mourning and new questions about his disappearance, Alaska State Troopers say the remains found Friday belong to 16-year-old David Grunwald. The State Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy after the body was found and tentatively identified as Grunwald. On Tuesday, troopers said […]
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Video: The trial of Erick Almandinger

Video: The trial of Erick Almandinger

Follow KTVA's continuing coverage of the trial of Erick Almandinger live from Palmer.

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