ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A grand jury will now decide if second-degree murder charges are appropriate for the man accused of killing two teenage girls in Anchorage last week.
Stacey Allen Graham, arrested after the Aug. 9 crash on Abbott Road that killed 15-year-olds Brooke McPheters and Jordyn Durr, was scheduled for a pre-indictment hearing Thursday. The state prosecution said Graham was not present but his attorney spoke on his behalf, asking for a grand jury to move forward with deciding if Graham would face felony charges of murder in the second degree.
Second-degree murder and manslaughter are fairly similar, according to Alaska statutes. AS 11.41.110 says second-degree murder occurs when "a person knowingly engages in conduct that results in the death of another person under circumstances which manifests an extreme indifference to the value of human life." In contrast, AS 11.41.120 says the definition of manslaughter is "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing the death of another person."