Johnson found guilty of first-degree murder in Grunwald killing

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Dominic Johnson, one of four men charged with the execution-style killing of 16-year-old David Grunwald in 2016, has been found guilty of first-degree murder and eight other charges.

    According to a report from KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Johnson was convicted of Murder 1, Kidnapping resulting in injury, Murder 2 – intending serious injury, Murder 2 – extreme indifference, Murder 2 – Felony murder, Tampering with physical evidence, Assault 1, Vehicle theft 1, and Arson 3 for burning a motor vehicle on public land. Five of the charges are unclassified felonies, which mean Johnson could face a sentence of up to 99 years for each charge.

    Johnson, 18, was just 16 at the time of the murder, the same age as Grunwald and many of the other suspects in the case.

    In closing arguments, Johnson’s lawyers argued that cell phone data showed him to be elsewhere when Grunwald was shot and killed. State prosecutors said the cell phone data was not always accurate to the exact location. They also said the notion that Johnson, believed to have instigated the beating that preceded Grunwald’s kidnapping and death, then removed himself from the situation, is implausible.

    Grunwald went missing on November 13, 2016, after dropping his girlfriend off at her home. Instead of returning home, he stopped by the home of Erick Almandinger – now convicted of his murder – where a number of teens were drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in a travel trailer out back.

    Grunwald was reportedly bludgeoned in the head with the butt of a pistol, driven to a remote area in his own Ford Bronco and dumped near the Knik River, where he was shot. His Bronco was found burned at a trailhead in another part of the Mat-Su. Johnson led authorities to Grunwald’s body on Dec. 2, 2016.

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