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Murder Indictment Returned for April 2017 Drive-By Shooting Death of Leroy Lawrence

September 19, 2017

(Anchorage, AK) On September 13, 2017, 16 year old Anthony Salazar and 20 year old Haitim Taha were indicted for the April 7, 2017 drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of 17 year old Leroy Lawrence. Salazar and Taha were indicted for murder in the first and second degree as well as assaults in the first and third degree.

On April 7, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., multiple 911 calls reported multiple gunshots in the area of Irwin and Thompson. The 911 callers reported gunshots coming from a vehicle. The gunshots resulted in two gunshot victims, including 17 year old Leroy Lawrence. Lawrence died days later at the hospital. The investigation revealed Lawrence was simply a bystander in the area of the drive-by.

If convicted at trial, Salazar and Taha faces a potential 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 victim 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. Salazar and Taha are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Salazar was arraigned in Superior Court today. His bail is set at $500,000 cash only and a court approved third party custody. Taha has a warrant for his arrest. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Anchorage Police Department at 786-8900.

If you want to provide information anonymously, you can call Crime Stoppers at (907) 561-STOP (7707) or submit a tip online at http://www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com/

 

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Christina Sherman at (907) 269-6300 or christina.sherman@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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