ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The third man suspected of beating to death Harvey “Charley” Albright, who went missing last week, was arrested Thursday afternoon -- while another suspect in his death was arraigned for second-degree murder at the Anchorage Jail.
Police now have in custody 24-year-old Philip Floor, 23-year-old Kennith Upton and 22-year-old Carl Leedom. At Leedom's arraignment Thursday, the victim's parents had a message for the court.
“We don't know if our house is going to get torched or anything like that, because anybody who can whip my kids with a pistol -- he deserves what he gets,” said Albright’s father.
Pleading the court to keep Leedom in jail, the parents of murder victim Harvey “Charley” Albright, who wouldn't give their names, said they feel threatened.
“There's another young woman's life in jeopardy: he gets out on bail he might kill her too, so I think you need to keep him behind bars,” Albright’s father said.
Albright's family reported him missing last Wednesday, and investigators suspected foul play.
“A few days before his disappearance, Charley Albright -- he goes by Charley -- was accused by some of his friends of stealing a backpack,” said APD homicide Det. Sgt. Slav Markiewicz.
According to court documents, Leedom and Floor wanted to teach Albright a lesson for stealing Leedom’s backpack. Police believe the two beat Albright at Upton's home in Eagle River, at one point pistol-whipping him with Upton helping them by holding him down.
When Albright stopped breathing, the documents say Floor and Leedom dumped his body at a riverbank.
“The three suspects then tried to destroy evidence,” Markiewicz said.
According to documents, it was Floor who led officials to Albright's body -- a turning point that brought his parents to Leedom’s arraignment for their son's murder.
“He shows no remorse nor respect for anybody,” said Albright’s mother.
“Bail shouldn’t be set at all -- he should be stood here the whole time,” Albright’s father added.
Leedom's bail is set at $500,000 cash with a third-party custodian, under the condition that he not contact Albright’s parents or any of the co-defendants.
Floor was arraigned Wednesday, and Upton's arraignment is set for Friday. All three of the suspects are charged with murder in the second degree and tampering with evidence.
Detectives say they are still looking for others who may have been involved with hiding the evidence.
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