UPDATE: Fischer found guilty on all counts for murdering Alaska prosecutor

Published: Oct. 11, 2017 at 1:07 PM AKDT
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October 26, 2017 Update:

After days of deliberation, the jury conscripted into the murder case of Ronald Fischer reached a unanimous verdict on the seven counts against him.

In court on Thursday, the jury representative read aloud each of these seven counts, and said that they had found Fischer guilty of each one.

These counts include murder in the first and second degrees, three counts of third and fourth degree assault, resisting arrest, and violation of release.

Next, Fischer will be sentenced by the judge presiding over the case. That sentencing is scheduled for April 6 in Utqiagvik. Fischer will be held in custody until sentencing, as his bail conditions were revoked.

This story will be updated when Fischer's sentence is handed down by the judge.

Original Story:

The trial is underway for a man prosecutors say killed a well-known Barrow attorney with a shotgun back in 2014.

The victim, 47-year-old Brian Sullivan, was shot twice in the face with a pump action Remington firearm. The man arrested for the crime was Ronald Fischer, 48, who allegedly found Sullivan at the home of his ex-girlfriend, and shot him.

Prosecutors argued in opening statements that Sullivan was found seated on the couch, with his hands in his lap and his legs crossed, totally defenseless to what attorneys called "an ambush" where Sullivan was "shotgunned, killed dead right where he sat."

According to the prosecution, Fischer apparently had previous domestic issues with his then ex-girlfriend, and saw her with Sullivan earlier that night at a local gym. After that, according to surveillance records, he went to the supermarket and bought two bags of groceries. And after that, he burst into the home's arctic entry, and opened fire.

The ex-girlfriend, Mabel Kaleak, allegedly heard a man shout "who are you?" and then a gun shot. She hid in the closet and later tackled Fischer, a move which prosecutors say saved her life.

In the opening statement offered by the defense attorney in charge of Fischer's case, they say that they don't intend to dispute the fact that Fischer killed Sullivan, but instead argue that the mitigating circumstances surrounding the killing hinge on volatile human emotion, and asked the jury to consider all the evidence and testimony before reaching a decision.

"Until the end of this trial, I want you to keep an open mind and I want you to think about the ideas of love and emotion and loss, and what could possibly drive a human being to do what Mr. Fischer is charged with doing," the defense said.

The trial is scheduled to continue later Wednesday, with witnesses being called to the stand next.