2 men arrested in 1995 Anchorage cold-case murder
Two men have been arrested in a Muldoon death more than two decades ago, a case prosecutors said was broken with the help of DNA evidence.
Duwaine Price, 49, and Browne Willard III, 44, have been indicted on second-degree murder charges in the death of Jerome “Jerry” Dillivan, according to Anchorage District Attorney Rick Allen’s office.
The men were arrested in about half an hour Wednesday afternoon at separate Juneau locations, according to local police. Willard was arrested just after 4:30 p.m. at a home on the 1000 block of Capital Avenue, shortly before Price was arrested in a Glacier Highway traffic stop near Channel Vista Drive.
On Nov. 21, 1995, Anchorage police found 25-year-old Dillivan’s body behind a Texaco gas station at Muldoon Road’s intersection with 6th Avenue; investigators soon learned he had been beaten to death.
In a 2010 retrospective on the case, police told KTVA that Dillivan had been dropped off at 6th and Muldoon, then ran into some people drinking behind the Texaco.
“He called here and it was about 6:30 at night,” Jerry Dillivan’s mother, Julie Dillivan, told KTVA. “He said he got off work and two of his buddies, Jeff and Mike, were going to go up to Skyline up here and have some beer – a 12-pack. He said he was going to be home by 9 o’clock.”
By 2010, detectives believed Jerry Dillivan was killed in a robbery. A nearby 7-11 reported that a man who visited soon after the beating bought a pack of cigarettes using money that had the victim’s blood and thumbprint on it.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether that evidence was a factor in this week’s Juneau arrests. Allen, the Anchorage DA, declined to discuss what led to the charges Thursday afternoon pending the release of a probable-cause statement.
“The homicide investigation went cold for many years until a Crime Stoppers tip and a subsequent DNA match helped solve the case,” prosecutors wrote Thursday.
If convicted, both suspects face maximum 99-year sentences in the case.
Price and Willard were initially held on a total of $500,000 bail apiece, with court-approved third-party custodians required for their release. Court records showed both men scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Anchorage.
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