A Fairbanks man has been charged with murder after he reportedly attacked a woman on Friday afternoon, who later died while she was being taken to the hospital.
Kelly Sweetsir, 27, was arraigned Saturday in connection with the death of Amber Reed. Sweetsir told investigators that voices in his head had urged him to kill Reed, according to charging documents. Relatives of Sweetsir told Alaska State Troopers that he is schizophrenic and had not taken his medication since June.
According to a court affidavit, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a possible assault about 3:30 p.m. Friday. A woman, Virginia Bergman, told Troopers that Reed was lying in a puddle of blood in a garage on Carnegie Way.
Emergency medical services attempted life-saving measures, but Reed was pronounced dead in the ambulance on the way to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, the charging document stated. Reed had wounds consistent with being stabbed with a knife.
Troopers apprehended Sweetsir at his home off Gold Hill Road, where he fled following the incident, according to documents.
Speaking with investigators later, Sweetsir confessed to the death, court documents stated, saying he felt Reed was “a danger to people” because she had a “blurred face” and the “ability to replicate people’s voices and faces.” Sweetsir also said voices in his head repeatedly told him to kill her and that she “knew what was coming,” according to charging documents.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug 20.
Contact Alistair Gardiner at 459-7575 or on Twitter at twitter.com/FDNMoutdoors.