FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man is accused of trying to kill a witness from within Fairbanks Correctional Center last month.
Willie Wilson, 26, who was arrested last month on drug distribution charges, allegedly attempted to kill someone who gave information to law enforcement related to the case, according to a new indictment a federal jury handed down Thursday.
The murder attempt allegedly occurred May 21, weeks after Wilson and a group of six others were charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, Ecstasy, heroin and marijuana.
The new indictment adds an eighth defendant, 20-year-old Andra Ali Taylor, who along with Wilson is accused of threatening and later injuring a witness in the case on May 21.
The others covered by the indictment are Brandon Haynes, 25; Donte Edwards, 21; Anthony Gadson, 36; Joe Powell, 25; Natasha Wolfe, 21; and Joleen Malamute, 27.
Powell was a basketball player at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
All eight have been arrested except Haynes, who remains at large. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The group could forfeit items seized by law enforcement and allegedly connected to the drug trade.
They include more than $66,000 in cash, three guns, body armor, two vehicles, a motor scooter, a Gucci wristwatch and two dental “grills” with embedded gems, according to the indictment.
Haynes and Malamute face an addtional charge of using a rental house at 5260 Fouts Drive to manufacture, distribute and use drugs.
Taylor does not face the drug charges faced by the others.
In a separate state case, he was sentenced Tuesday to serve two years in jail for distributing cocaine. A jury found him guilty in February.
Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545.