Murder trial delayed one day

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  • Sunday, April 3, 2016 10:08pm
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The trial for an Anchorage man accused of murder in the 2013 death of Genghis Muskox in Cooper Landing has been postponed by one day.

Originally scheduled to begin Monday, the trial will take place starting Tuesday at the Kenai Courthouse.

A motion hearing is scheduled for Monday, according to Courtview.

Paul Vermillion, 32, was charged with one count of murder in the first degree, two counts of murder in the second degree and a count of manslaughter after the incident in the home where he was staying in Cooper Landing.

He, an Iraq War veteran, and Muskox had allegedly been drinking and got into a fight that ended with Muskox being hit in the head with an ice axe before being shot twice in the head, according to Alaska State Troopers.

In Alaska, murder in the first degree and murder in the second degree are unclassified felonies that carry a punishment of 20-99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. Manslaughter is a class A felony that carries a punishment of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Vermillion’s defense has asserted that he was acting in self defense the night of the death.

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