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Anchorage duo indicted for case involving body found in tote

Two Anchorage men were indicted on murder charges stemming from an investigation involving a body found in a tote container in Northeast Anchorage.
Published: Apr. 4, 2022 at 10:59 AM AKDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2022 at 5:30 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Two Anchorage men were indicted by a grand jury Thursday on murder charges stemming from an investigation involving a body found in a tote container in a Muldoon-area neighborhood.

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According to Anchorage police, the body of Keenan Wegener, 27, was found on March 20 in a tote in a garage on Kalgin Street. Police were called to the home after officers with the Pretrial Enforcement Division noticed Wegener’s ankle monitor had not moved in two days, according to a signed affidavit by Anchorage Police Detective David Cordie.

Upon entering the home, officers narrowed their search to the garage, where they pulled back a white sheet covering a corner of the garage to find Wegener’s body inside a tote container. According to charging documents, Wegener had “blood and injuries to the facial area.” The injuries seen on Wegener’s body were “consistent with blunt force trauma” to the head, the affidavit states.

On March 21, 39-year-old Adam D. Pringle and 44-year-old Daniel A. Rocero were arrested. Pringle and Rocero were indicted Thursday on two counts of second-degree murder, one count of manslaughter and a count of evidence tampering.

If convicted of all charges, Pringle and Rocero could face up to 99 years in prison for each of the second-degree murder charges. The manslaughter charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years and the evidence tampering charge carries a maximum sentence of five years. Both defendants are scheduled to be arraigned today before Superior Court in Anchorage.

Correction: This article has been updated to correct the number of years the two men indicted could face if convicted, and to correct that it was officers with the Pretrial Enforcement Division that entered the home and found Wegener’s body.

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