Additional custodian granted to man charged with murder

A Cooper Landing man accused of murder was granted an additional third-party custodian and an extended curfew during a status hearing at the Kenai Courthouse Tuesday.

Paul Vermillion is charged with first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of manslaughter for the Dec. 5, 2013 death of Genghis Muskox.

His defense attorney, Andrew Lambert, appeared for the hearing telephonically to argue for the approval of Kathy Thompson, wife of current third-party custodian Gregory Thompson, as an additional custodian.

Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet approved both Thompsons’ appointment and an extension of Vermillion’s curfew to 11 p.m. until Sept. 15.

Both Susan Muskat and John Fox, Muskox’s parents, appeared telephonically at the hearing to submit comments opposing the requests, saying Vermillion has enjoyed more than enough freedom thus far.

An additional hearing is set for Aug. 31 for Lambert and District Attorney Scot Leaders to conduct evidentiary hearings and oral arguments over motions made in regard to the case.

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