Christian Beier Convicted of Attempted First Degree Murder
July 13, 2018
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) Anchorage District Attorney Richard Allen announced that on July 13, 2018, 24 year old Christian Beier was convicted of two counts attempted first degree murder following an 11 day jury trial. The jury also convicted Beier of four counts of assault in the first degree, failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, and tampering with physical evidence.
According to the evidence presented at trial, on October 23, 2015, Beier shot 19 year old Caia Delavergne, through the eye and shot 17 year old Conor Lally multiple times in the chest hours after finding them in the same bedroom fully clothed on October 23, 2015. After the shooting, Delavergne jumped from a second story window to go get help. Early the next morning, the defendant posted messages to Facebook and sent messages to the victims claiming they deserved it and threatening to “finish the job.” Later that morning, Beier eluded police on the Glenn Highway and was eventually apprehended by APD SWAT in the woods near a park in Mountain View.
At trial, the defendant claimed he acted in a heat of passion when he shot the victims. The jury rejected this defense and convicted the defendant of attempted first degree murder for the shooting of both Delavergne and Lally.
Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton, who presided over the case, scheduled Beier’s sentencing for October 26. He will be held without bail pending sentencing. Beier faces a sentence of 5 to 99 years on the attempted first degree murder charges.
CONTACT: Deputy District Attorney Christina Sherman at (907) 269-6300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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