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Man charged with murder in killing of Alaska Zoo employee

 Police are investigating a man found dead in the parking lot of the Alaska Zoo. (KTUU)
Police are investigating a man found dead in the parking lot of the Alaska Zoo. (KTUU) (KTUU)
Published: Nov. 16, 2018 at 4:29 PM AKST
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A man has been charged with murder for the killing of 45-year-old Michael Greco, the head gardener at the Alaska Zoo, who was found dead in the parking lot on Monday, Nov. 5.

Police say 33-year-old Clayton Charlie broke a number of laws in the hours leading up to Greco’s death the night of Nov. 4. As it turns out, Charlie had been arrested by Alaska State Troopers and Wasilla Police on November 5, before the pieces of the murder case came together.

Police say at about 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, Charlie violated a domestic violence order in Anchorage, and stole a red Chevy Tahoe from the residence. A warrant was put out for his arrest for the theft, and for violating the protective order. At about 7:00 p.m. Sunday night, police reported a fight between two men at the entrance to the parking lot of the Alaska Zoo. When officers arrived, APD spokesperson MJ Thim says they found no sign of a fight, no people and no vehicles after searching the area.

The next morning, Greco’s body was reported in another area of the Zoo parking lot, Thim said. Police discovered that after and during the fight, Greco was stabbed multiple times, and then driven over by the vehicle.

Once Greco was identified – his wallet and ID were missing – police found video surveillance of his credit card being used by a suspect matching the description of Clayton Charlie, wearing the same clothes he had been when the protective order violation was reported.

Once detectives determined Charlie was a suspect, they found that he had been arrested on Monday, Nov. 5 in the Mat-Su by Troopers after fleeing from Wasilla Police who saw the vehicle and discovered that it was stolen.

Thim says how the two men came upon each other in the Alaska Zoo parking lot was still being investigated.