A Wasilla man accused of murdering his friend will likely go to trial late next year.

Jordan Flowers, 20, is charged with first-degree murder, manslaughter and assault in the death of 19-year-old Gunnar Swan. Alaska State Troopers said Flowers told them he was drunk when he fired a gun from the backseat of an SUV and hit Swan in the neck.

Witnesses told troopers Flowers ran away, then came back to drop off the gun, before taking off again.

Flowers is currently in jail on a $500,000 bail.

Nearly two dozen of Swan’s friends filled the courtroom on Thursday afternoon for Flowers’ status hearing.

(Courtesy: Monika Swan-Armitstead)

 Flowers’ attorney, Julia Moudy, told the judge she had a full case load and has had little time to meet with her client. 

“The reality for the timing of this case is that it won’t be going to trial until probably late next year at the soonest,” Moudy said via telephone.

After the hearing, Swan’s mother said she wished it wouldn’t take that long to get justice for her son. Monika Swan-Armitstead said dealing with her son’s death has been difficult but she was glad to have the support of all of his friends in the courtroom.

Flowers will be back in court for another hearing in December.

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