Man charged in burning SUV death says female was 'being mean,' stabbed him first
Trevor Babcock, the man accused of murder in the death of a person found in a burning SUV Friday morning, told police his alleged victim was “being mean” and stabbed him first, according to court documents. On Saturday a judge set his bail at $1,000,000.
The criminal complaint states the Anchorage Fire Department asked the Anchorage Police Department to come to the area of East 22nd Avenue and More Street regarding a suspicious vehicle fire about 12:40 Friday morning.
Officers found what looked to be human remains in the front passenger seat of a Cadillac Escalade, but the burns were so severe that the sex of the person couldn’t be determined. The body seemed to be head down in the floorboard, the complaint states. The victim’s identity has not yet been released.
Police say video shows someone leaving the area about the time of the fire, and people nearby reported hearing screaming around that time too.
About 8:30 a.m. a woman called APD saying a man with bloody knuckles was at her door telling her to call police. When APD got there, they spoke to Babcock who “admitted that he killed a person and burned a vehicle,” police wrote.
During an interview at APD headquarters, Babcock said he and his wife were drinking alcohol, riding around in his Cadillac Escalade while a female they knew was driving.
According to the complaint, Babcock told police “the female acquaintance was ‘being mean’ to him and he decided that he had enough.”
Babcock said he wanted her to get out of the car, so as they were driving, he reached up from the back seat and took the keys out of the ignition. It was at that time, Babcock claimed, that she started stabbing him with a knife.
According to Babcock, he took the knife from her and stabbed her “repeatedly” before moving her to the passenger side of the car with her head down and feet up.
He said at some point he thought she stopped breathing and was dead. He drove around before stopping near Cheney Lake.
“[Babcock] stated that he retrieved a lighter from within the vehicle and lit the driver’s seat on fire, rolling all of the vehicle’s windows down to get the fire to burn,” the complaint reads.
He then said he walked around barefoot and covered in blood until asking the nearby woman to call police.
Babcock’s charges include second-degree murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence.
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