Accused killer appears in court

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Fenton Jacobs, 39, pled not guilty to first-degree murder, two counts of murder in the second degree, harassment and resisting arrest.

Jacobs appeared before Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg for an arraignment hearing.

He also faces two counts of assault in the third degree.

The state estimated any trial would take up to two weeks. 

The defense attorney Eric Hedland requested the case be continued to August for another hearing.

"It may not be a real trial date but I could set the matter for August 5th," Pallenberg said.

A pretrial hearing will be held on July 29 at 8:30 am.  The omnibus hearing will be held on June 12 at 2:30 pm.

The defense waived a formal hearing and his attorney entered a not guilty plea.  Mr. Jacobs did not speak at the hearing

Jacobs is accused of stabbing to death William Campbell, 47, on May 2.   Juneau Police said they responded to the report of a fist fight on a downtown street just after midnight and found the victim bleeding on the ground.   Mr. Jacobs was located nearby.

Police said the men exchanged words before the incident.  Campbell was reportedly stabbed three times. Mr. Campbell suffered three serious stab wounds, one to his back, one to his kidney, and the third to his abdomen.  Campbell died while being flown to Seattle for medical treatment.

A grand jury returned an indictment in the case on May 3.

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