Chief Mercer proud of indictment of suspect in double homicide case

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Police Chief Ed Mercer talked about the indictment of a suspect in connection with the double homicide in November of 2015 while a guest on Action Line Wednesday.

    A grand jury on Friday indicted 40 year old Laron Graham for the murders of Robert Meiries and Elizabeth Tonsmeire.  "As you recall, we had four homicides during that time and with this indictment of Laron Graham, we'll have all of those homicides closed," he said.

    The chief said they worked very hard with patience and determination to get this point and get an indictment.  "I think just the effort of the agency on the whole, working hard and moving forward and working with our prosecutors got us to this point.  I'm very proud of our staff for doing that,' he said.

    Action Line Host Pete Carran asked if they got a key break in the case, and if so, what was it.  He responded by saying he really couldn't go into that.

    He did say that the department had hundreds and hundreds of hours into the investigation and issued multiple search warrants.  "I can tell you that in many homicide cases it takes sometimes years if not 20 years to solve.  So this is quite an accomplishment for us to be at this stage with this investigation."

    Graham is currently jailed at the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward on unrelated charges.


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