Sunday, February 26, 2006

Derek Sawyer, 32 of Glennallen, Alaska, has been charged with Murder in the first degree for the shooting death of his wife, Gretchen Sawyer, who was 20 years old at the time of her death. During the initial investigation, he claimed she had been shot while he was showering by their 2-year old son. Crime scene reconstruction by the Alaska State Trooper Cold Case Unit and further forensic testing of evidence indicated the child was not the shooter. There had been a prior divorce filing, paternity of the 2 year old had been in question at the time, and the couple had recently reconciled and were purportedly planning a move to Gretchen's home state.

Kudos to senior assistant attorney Rick Svobodny and Susan Parkes, deputy attorney general for reviving this case. One has to wonder how it ever went un-investigated in the first place.

The next question remains...who has been raising the couple's child then and who is caring for him now?

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