Anchorage jail escapee indicted for fatal 2008 shooting
A man who escaped from the Anchorage jail earlier this year was indicted Thursday for a 2008 fatal shooting in Mountain View.
Kevin Tuckfield, 29, was indicted on one count each of first- and second-degree murder in the shooting death of Travis Villa. Tuckfield was also indicted on one count of first-degree attempted murder for the alleged shooting of Morgan Meadows, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of Law.
According to an entry on the Anchorage Crime Stoppers page, Villa was killed and Meadows was injured on McCarrey Street on Sept. 9, 2008. The suspect then drove off in Villa’s Toyota Tundra. The truck was later found, burned, at Lions Park in Mountain View.
Tuckfield was identified as a person of interest and interviewed by authorities in 2008, said Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion. “Developments in 2014” ultimately lead to Tuckfield’s indictment, but Campion said he could not yet release more details.
If convicted, Tuckfield faces a sentence of up to 99 years for each of the three counts, the Department of Law says.
Back in March, Tuckfield escaped the mental health unit of the Anchorage Correctional Complex when he climbed over the fence in the jail’s yard. He then allegedly approached a woman vacuuming her vehicle at a car wash, implied he was armed with a gun and tried to force her into her vehicle, police previously said. A good Samaritan nearby helped the woman, and police were able to arrest Tuckfield thanks to information from a 16-year-old boy.
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