TIMELINE: The life of accused killer James Dale Ritchie
The life of James Dale Ritchie was one of high promise and heartbreaking disappointments.
From his years as a champion athlete at East High School with 1200 SAT scores and offers from small colleges to his rapid descent into drug crimes -- and an apparent turnaround with family outside of Alaska -- the interactive timeline above details portions of Ritchie's life.
Killed by police at age 40, he is accused of killing the son of an old friend and shooting a police officer with a handgun linked to four other Anchorage homicides this year.
The audio player below includes a recording, obtained through a records request, of the 1998 court hearing where Ritchie and his mother testified, and attorneys discussed details of crimes for which he was never formally charged.