ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The father of a suspect in a fatal Wasilla stabbing during a dispute over a pickup truckwas arrested and charged with murder Thursday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Andrew Johnson, 38, was arrested shortly after 4:30 p.m Thursday on second-degree murder and burglary charges in the March 7 death of 43-year-old Michael R. Plummer. A Friday AST dispatch said he was remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility on $100,000 bail, with a court-approved third-party custodian required for release.
Plummer was killed after an altercation at the home of fiancee Jessica Smith’s parents near Mile 15 of Knik-Goose Bay Road. Investigators say Andrew Johnson and his son -- 19-year-old Spencer Johnson -- arrived with a third man to take a pickup truck jointly owned by Andrew Johnson and his wife, another woman at the home. During the ensuing dispute, Spencer Johnson allegedly cut Plummer’s throat.
Smith told Channel 2 she fired on the three men as they left, hitting Andrew Johnson in the shoulder. Mat-Su Regional Hospital staff reported Johnson’s arrival for treatment of the gunshot wound later that evening to troopers, who visited the hospital and spoke with him.