Press Release

Anchorage Man Indicted for January 2017 Homicide

February 16, 2017

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) Today, 23 year old Christopher Birotte was indicted for causing the death of Tiwan Johnson on January 24, 2017. The grand jury indicted Birotte for of murder in the first degree and second degree, attempted murder in the first degree, and assault in the second degree.

At approximately 1:10 a.m. on January 24, 2017, Anchorage Police Department responded to a 911 call from a female reporting that she was on the way to the hospital with her brother, who had been shot. Officers responded to the Alaska Native Medical Center where they found 19 year old Tiwan Johnson, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. The investigation revealed that the shooting took place in the parking lot of the Brown Jug Liquor Store at 171 Muldoon Avenue in Anchorage. Over the next 48 hours, Anchorage Police Department detectives determined that Birotte was a suspect in the shooting. Birotte was arrested on January 27, 2017.

If convicted at trial, Birotte faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison for the murder charges. A defendant’s sentence is determined by the judge who must consider the circumstances of the offense, the impact on the victims 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.

Birotte is in the custody of the Department of Corrections. He is being held on bail requiring a $100,000 cash appearance bond, a $100,000 cash performance bond and a court-approved third party custodian. Birotte is expected to be arraigned in Superior Court in Anchorage at 1:45 p.m. on February 21, 2017.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Heather Nobrega at (907) 269-6300 or heather.nobrega@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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