ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A third suspect charged with beating to death a man reported missing last week was arraigned in court Friday afternoon.
Kennith Upton, 23, is accused of second-degree murder and evidence tampering after police say he and two others killed Harvey “Charley” Albright last week. Detectives say Albright stole a backpack belonging to 23-year-old Carl Leedom.
Witnesses say Leedom confronted Albright about the theft while at Upton's home in Eagle River on Aug. 24. Police say a few hours later, Leedom invited 24-year-old Phillip Floor to Upton's home where they beat Albright, who was sleeping on the couch.
According to investigators Upton was awakened by the beating, and then took part.
Leedom and Floor allegedly took Albright's body and dumped it into a river, while Upton remained in his home where he attempted to clean up the crime scene.
All three men were arrested Wednesday. Upton is being held on $500,000 bail.