Alaska State Troopers announced Friday that a second person has been arrested in relation to the May 12 death of Trisha Pearson.
Pearson, 69, was found dead at her Yankovich Road home. Her injuries were consistent with blunt force trauma, according to troopers.
Jerad Jasper Zabriskie, 27, was indicted Thursday on one count of first-degree murder and one count of solicitation of first-degree murder. Zabriskie was arrested on a $10 million warrant Thursday evening at his home, which is also the crime scene, according to troopers.
Online court records list the date of offense for the murder solicitation charge as May 5 and the date of offense for the murder charge as May 12.
Troopers arrested Patrick Marsh on May 17 on first-degree murder and vehicle theft charges after viewing home security camera footage that shows Marsh attacking Pearson in her kitchen. Troopers believe Marsh, 25, tried to clean the crime scene before leaving in Pearson’s 1998 Jeep Cherokee, which was later found abandoned in Hamilton Acres.
Charging documents for Marsh indicate Pearson’s tenant, who is identified only by the initials S.P., notified troopers at 12:44 a.m. May 13 that her landlord may be in trouble. S.P. said she and her husband, identified as J.Z., had gone to Tok on May 12 and that two male friends identified as W.J. and Patrick Marsh were staying in Pearson’s home in their absence. The charges further state that J.Z. asked a friend to check on Pearson and that the friend found her body in her kitchen.
Zabriskie was arraigned Friday afternoon via closed circuit TV from Fairbanks Correctional Center. Zabriskie spoke quietly and appeared subdued as he answered District Court Judge Ben Seekins’ questions.
“I’ve been nothing but good the whole time that I’ve been out, and I would respectfully ask that the court reconsider bail with a third-party. Keep it substantially high, but with a third-party and ankle monitor. I have a family that I need to provide for out there,” Zabriskie said.
Seekins refused Zabriskie’s request and set his bail at $10 million. Zabriskie will be arraigned in Fairbanks Superior Court at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Zabriskie has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2008. In addition to the murder charges, Zabriskie has been charged in four other cases this year: felony third-degree weapons misconduct Jan. 1, tampering with physical evidence on Jan. 3, criminal trespass and misdemeanor theft on Jan. 15, and a Feb. 19 case in which Zabriskie and his wife, Shae-Lyn Nichole Probert, were charged with drugs misconduct and violating bail conditions. In that case, Fairbanks police found a loaded gun and a baggie of methamphetamine in Probert’s purse during a traffic stop.
Probert is currently at FCC for violating her bail conditions for a 2018 felony forgery conviction. She was arraigned on the charge Friday during the same hearing as Zabriskie.
Zabriskie also has pending 2016 cases for a felony vehicle theft case and felony and misdemeanor weapons misconduct. In the weapons case, Zabriskie was found slumped over behind the wheel of a truck in the Jillian Square parking lot with a loaded Kimber 1911 handgun underneath him, according to charging documents.
Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime. Staff writer Sam Friedman contributed to this report.