by Ashton Goodell
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska State Troopers say they are ready to file charges in the murder of John Carlin, who was killed while an inmate at Spring Creek Correctional Center.
Carlin was accused, along with Mechele Linehan, of the 1996 murder of Kent Leppink. Carlin was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to 99 years.
Linehan was also convicted in 2007 but the verdict was overturned earlier this year.
Inmates beat Carlin to death in the Spring Creek Correctional Center in 2008.
Col. Audie Holloway with the troopers says he is concerned about the delays in the investigation and says troopers should have pushed it through more quickly, but that other cases took higher priority.
"Our investigators are juggling cases 24-7 basically, trying to put fires out, trying to put emphasis on them. Sometimes when you have a case like this when there is no imminent threat or danger, it works its way down the list," Holloway said.