Murder Trial of Anthony Peterson Begins with Opening Statements and Eye-Witness Testimony in Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska – The murder trial of 47-year-old Anthony Peterson began with opening statements and eye-witness testimony after the defense’s motion to dismiss the indictment was denied. Peterson and his son, Aaron, are accused of shooting and killing 18-year-old Brett Allen in January 2021 following a series of arguments. Court documents reveal that the incident occurred near Goldstream Road and Old Steese Highway.

According to witness accounts, the altercation initially involved Aaron and his father at their residence, leading two of Aaron’s friends to seek refuge at a nearby establishment. Subsequently, the group, including Allen, fled in a car driven by Robert Reed, only to come across Aaron on the roadside. The situation escalated when Aaron informed his father that people were after him.

The events unfolded rapidly, culminating in a confrontation between Allen and the elder Peterson, resulting in Allen’s tragic death. The trial is expected to shed light on the circumstances leading up to the shooting. The issue of self-defense and who was the initial aggressor is central to the case, as it could impact the outcome and any potential legal defenses.

Defense Attorney Jason Weiner raised concerns over the prosecution’s interpretation of self-defense laws, arguing for the indictment to be dismissed. However, Superior Court Judge Brent Bennet ruled against the motion, setting the stage for the trial to proceed. Witnesses recounted the chaotic scene that unfolded, with multiple firearms involved in the altercation.

Alaska State Trooper Joshua Rallo, who responded to the incident, provided insight into the aftermath at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where Allen was pronounced dead. Both Petersons are facing charges of first-degree and second-degree murder, with their cases being tried separately. Aaron’s trial is scheduled for June, while Anthony’s trial is ongoing this week.

As the trial continues, the court will examine the events leading up to Allen’s death and determine the legal implications of the actions taken by both Petersons. The outcome of the trial could have far-reaching consequences for the individuals involved and provide closure for the victim’s family and loved ones.