A timeline of crimes with connections to the Grunwald case
Following the disappearance of David Grunwald, five teenagers were arrested and charged in connection with his death. During the course of the Grunwald investigation, others crimes were uncovered, investigated and criminal charges filed.
This is a timeline of those events. You’ll note the dates appear out of order -- listing the crimes as they were discovered, as investigators combed through evidence in the Grunwald case.
David Grunwald Missing
November 13, 2016
David Grunwald reported missing
Grunwald's Vehicle Found
November 14, 1016
Grunwald Bronco found burned on Solitude Street off of Sitze Road in Wasilla.
December 2, 2016
David Grunwald’s body found in a remote location off of Knik River Road in Palmer.
Erick Almandinger Arrested
December 2, 2016
Erick Almandinger arrested; charged with murder in the first-degree, kidnapping, three counts of murder in the second-degree and tampering with evidence
More Arrests Made
December 9, 2016
Four more people are arrested:
Johnson and Renfro are charged with murder in the first-degree, kidnapping, three counts of murder in the second-degree and tampering with evidence.
Barrett is charged with charged with murder in the first-degree, kidnapping and three counts of murder in the second-degree.
Peterson is charged with three counts of tampering with evidence and one count of hindering prosecution.
December 22, 2016
Additional charges filed against four of the defendants.
Almandinger, Renfro and Johnson now face new charges of assault, vehicle theft and arson. Barrett adds the charges of assault and vehicle theft to his criminal record.
The four defendants charged in Grunwald’s death will be tried in three separate trials.
- 4 additional teens charged in connection to Grunwald murder
- More charges for teens in custody for Grunwald murder
- Attorneys enter not guilty pleas for defendants in David Grunwald murder case
- ‘Let justice take its course’: Southcentral Alaska reacts to new arrests in Grunwald murder
- Teen admits hiding guns used to kill David Grunwald
Trial for Almandinger
May 14, 2018
Erick Almandinger’s trial started on Monday, May 14. The court has blocked the calendar through June 1.
- Defense attorney: Finding untainted jury pool for Grunwald case will be difficult
- Judge to decide on evidence before Grunwald murder suspect's trial
- Parents of suspect in Grunwald murder testify
- Almandinger's statements admissible in Grunwald murder trial
- Judge allows Grunwald body photos in murder trial
- Murder trial begins more than a year after Grunwald’s death
- David Grunwald’s parents testify in suspect’s murder trial
- Evidence depicts Grunwald murder suspects' home lives
Almandinger guilty in Grunwald murder
May 31, 2018
A jury found Erick Almandinger guilty on all counts in connection with the murder of David Grunwald. The sentencing phase has been scheduled for September.
Trial for Johnson
November 5, 2018
Dominic Johnson’s trial is scheduled to begin on November 5, 2018.
Trial for Barrett and Renfro
A third trial is set in the David Grunwald murder case. A judge set a trial date of March 6, 2019, has been set, for codefendants now 17-year-old Bradley Renfro and now-20-year-old Austin Barrett.
Trial for Devin Peterson
Child Porn and Sexual Assault Charges: July 22, 2016
Devin Peterson’s cellphone was seized as evidence in the investigation of David Grunwald’s disappearance and murder. Investigators say they found a photograph of an underage girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct as well as a video of a sexual assault on Peterson’s phone. Court documents reveal the video was taken at a party at a camper repair business in Palmer on July 22, 2016.
In January 2017, Peterson is charged with seven counts of in Alaska Superior court (possessing child pornography and distributing indecent material to minors) and two federal crimes: production and possession of child pornography.
The man featured in the video found on Peterson’s phone, Jordan Santistevan, is charged with sex assault and sex abuse of a minor.
Santistevan and Peterson enter guilty pleas for this crime.
Santistevan pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault. His sentencing is scheduled for June 14, 2018.
The state and federal child porn charges against Peterson were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea. He was charged on the federal level with distribution of controlled substances to a minor.
Peterson admitted to supplying marijuana and other controlled substances to people he knew were under 21 years of age at the party. His sentence for this crime is 36 months (3 years) in prison followed by four years of supervised release.
As part of this plea deal, Peterson agreed to a guilty plea in the Grunwald case admitting to supplying the gas cans used to burn Grunwald's Bronco and hid two guns given to him by Almandinger. His sentencing is scheduled for August 2018.
Frank Woodford Death Investigation: June 27, 2016
Sixteen-year-old Frank Woodford died after he was shot in a Wasilla home. The investigation was closed by troopers pending any new leads. In January 2017 those new leads came in and the case was reviewed.
A 13-page incident report AST revealed that Austin Barrett and Damien Peterson (Devin Peterson’s brother) were in the room with Frank Woodford when he was shot. In the incident report, troopers wrote that Woodford told them- more than once- that he did not shoot himself. Woodford died before he could give investigators details about what happened.
Damien Peterson was charged with four counts in connection with Woodford’s death in February 2017: murder in the second-degree, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault. On December 28, 2017, Peterson pled guilty to manslaughter. His sentencing is scheduled for July 30, 2018.
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