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Fairbanks man indicted on manslaughter charge in Circle elder's death

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Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 12:00 am

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man accused of seriously assaulting an elder in Circle in January has been indicted on a count of manslaughter.

Alfred Harold Woods, 48, was in jail on charges that he seriously injured John Alexander, who died last month in an Anchorage hospital. A Fairbanks grand jury handed up the new indictment for Woods on Thursday.

Manslaughter, the crime of recklessly causing the death of another person “under circumstances not amounting to murder in the first or second degree,” is the third-most serious type of homicide under Alaska law.

Other Circle residents told Alaska State Troopers that Woods had been intoxicated and had been forcing his way into homes to get people to fight with him Jan. 11, according to the criminal complaint against him. Woods told troopers he had been intoxicated and had been at Alexander’s house to use the telephone the night before, but said he would never beat up an elder so seriously, troopers said.

Troopers said Alexander suffered from several broken bones, brain hemorrhaging, and bleeding from the nose, mouth and ears when he was medically evacuated to Anchorage.

Woods is in custody at Fairbanks Correctional Center. He is being held without bail.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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