APD, troopers make 3 more arrests in Anchorage murder
Seven people, including an alleged shooter, have been arrested on various charges in the death of 36-year-old Weston Gladney late last month.
Anchorage police and Alaska State Troopers arrested the last of four murder suspects, Paulette "Pili" Kane, 34, along with 28-year-old Chalice Kesselring at about 5:30 p.m. Friday in a Ford Expedition parked on the 700 block of Northern Lights Boulevard, according to APD spokesman MJ Thim. Kesselring, who was initially charged with murder in the case, now faces a count of hindering prosecution in Gladney's death.
According to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers, 31-year-old Anchorage resident Jeffery Enosa is charged along with Kane, Brian Scheele, 56, and Joseph Ahuna, 42, with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Enosa, Scheele and Ahuna are also charged with two counts each of evidence tampering.
A third person arrested Friday by APD, 48-year-old Shawn Michael Phillips, was taken into custody at about 7:30 p.m. near 32nd Avenue and Wyoming Drive. According to an indictment in the case, he is charged with tampering with physical evidence for allegedly assisting in transporting Gladney's body from the site of the murder -- along with Scheele, Ahuna and Enosa -- and for the burning of Gladney's body along with Scheele.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters confirmed Friday afternoon that investigators believe Enosa is the man witnesses said fatally shot Gladney Nov. 27 at Scheele’s home on South Heather Meadows Loop in Anchorage, which was raided by law enforcement on Dec. 6. Enosa was initially arrested at about noon Tuesday, on warrants for absconding from parole, after a vehicle he was riding in was stopped on Fireweed Lane.
One suspect previously charged with murder in the case, 27-year-old Helen Them, is now charged with manslaughter.
Kane and Phillips were arraigned Saturday afternoon in Anchorage Jail Court, where their bail was set at $250,000 and $100,000 respectively. Kane said she was upset that both she and Kesselring were brought in on the same warrant, telling a judge at one point that "Enosa did it."
Prosecution was declined in Kesselring's case, and she was released Saturday.
Charging documents in the case say several witnesses were at the home including Ahuna, Kane and Them. Investigators said Ahuna helped transport Gladney’s body to the Mat-Su, where his burned body was found Dec. 2.
Rachel McPherron contributed information to this story.
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