Troopers: Mountain Village VPO tampered with murder evidence
A law enforcement official in the community of Mountain Village is charged with felony counts of evidence tampering, after what Alaska State Troopers have described as an “execution style” murder during a teen’s burglary gone bad.
The case against 22-year-old village police officer John Hunter stems from the April 24 death of Coy Bryan. Troopers say the 18-year-old was shot with one of his own guns by 16-year-old Raymond Landlord, who had broken into Bryan’s home and was stealing four pistols when Bryan confronted him.
Landlord was arrested on first-degree murder charges five days later, after he allegedly told troopers he had thrown the murder weapon and the other guns into the Yukon River, then spent $400 taken from Bryan's home on alcohol and marijuana.
Troopers announced Hunter’s arrest in a Friday dispatch, saying follow-up work by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation had determined that he “was involved in criminal activity related to the aftermath of the murder.”
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Saturday that investigators weren’t answering questions about Hunter’s links to the case, or what evidence he allegedly tampered with. She deferred to charging documents, which weren’t available over the weekend, for more information.
Hunter was arrested on two counts of evidence tampering, as well as misdemeanor charges of third-degree theft and official misconduct. He was taken to the Yukon-Kuskowkim Correctional Center, where he was initially held on $2,000 bail.
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