Press Release

Anchorage Man Indicted for Christmas Eve Murder

January 5, 2017

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) On January 4, 2017, 46 year old Roy Schauer was indicted for causing the death of James Moren in downtown Anchorage on December 24, 2016. The grand jury indicted Schauer today on charges of murder in the first degree and second degree.

At approximately 3:11 a.m. on December 24, 2016, Anchorage Police Department foot patrol officers working downtown responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired to the rear of the Gaslight Bar on West 4th Avenue. Officers quickly located a man, later identified as James Moren, who died from gunshot wounds. Officers stopped a vehicle believed to have been involved in the shooting. The officers made contact with Schauer, the driver of the vehicle. The investigation led to the determination that Schauer was a suspect in the death of Moren.

If convicted, Schauer faces a sentence of 25 to 99 years in prison for the murder in the first degree. A defendant’s sentence is determined by the judge who must consider the circumstances of the offense, the impact on the victim(s) and the community, and the potential for rehabilitation of the defendant. The charges in the indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Schauer is in the custody of the Department of Corrections. He is being held on bail requiring a $100,000 cash or corporate appearance bond, a $50,000 cash performance bond and a court-approved third party custodian.

36 year old David Dennis was previously charged with murder in connection with James Moren’s death but the District Attorney’s Office dismissed the charges against Dennis today. The Anchorage Police Department is still investigating the death of Mr. Moren. The District Attorney’s Office has not made a final decision regarding potential charges against Mr. Dennis and will wait until the investigation is complete.

CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov. More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

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