2 arrested, questions remain in man’s Anchorage murder
A woman originally arrested during an Anchorage raid earlier this month, who stands accused with another person of murdering a man whose body was left in the Mat-Su, has been unveiled as one of five unnamed murder suspects apparently linked to the case.
Alaska State Troopers said Monday that Helen Them, 27, and Brian Scheele, 56, were charged with first-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Weston Gladney. An online trooper dispatch said the two were arrested “in relation to” Gladney’s death.
The news comes after prosecutors filed murder and murder-conspiracy charges Thursday against five unidentified people in a Nov. 27 Anchorage death. Them’s case number in the state’s online court-records system matches one of the three unnamed “Jane Does” in the group, charged alongside two “John Does.”
No murder charges against Scheele were listed at midday Tuesday in state court records, but one of the “John Doe” defendants was listed as having been arrested Saturday in Anchorage. Them’s court records said she was taken into custody Monday, also in Anchorage.
Them was held without bail, according to the records. No bail information was listed for the “John Doe” taken into custody.
Anchorage police said Saturday that they weren’t investigating any homicides on Nov. 27 – but an APD spreadsheet listed Gladney’s death, under investigation by troopers after his body was found Dec. 2 near Jim Creek, as occurring on that date. Them was first taken into custody on a misdemeanor warrant during a Dec. 6 raid by troopers and police at a home on South Heather Meadows Loop, the same south Anchorage street where troopers said Gladney had been killed.
Municipal property records listed the home, seen in photos posted to the Anchorage Scanner Joe Facebook group on the night of the raid, as being owned by Scheele.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters declined to comment further Tuesday on the Gladney case, or confirm that the four remaining “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” suspects were charged in his death.
“We have no further information to provide on the case at this time,” Peters wrote in an email. “It is an active and ongoing investigation.”
Brittany Dunlop, an assistant district attorney in the Palmer officer handling the Gladney case, also declined comment Tuesday.
Palmer court clerks told KTVA Tuesday that charging documents on Them, Scheele and the other unnamed murder defendants were unavailable.
Nicholas Swann contributed information to this story.
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