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Coast Guardsman charged with murder of seaman in Alaska


September 5, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Coast Guardsman is charged with murder in the January death of a 19-year-old seaman who was found unresponsive along the shore of an Alaska island, Coast Guard officials said Thursday.

Ethan Tucker was charged Wednesday with seven violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Charges include murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Ethan Kelch of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The charging document says Tucker showed a wanton disregard for human life when he caused blunt force trauma to Kelch’s head and placed him in water, leaving him there.


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