Two Indicted for Murder in 2017 Royal Suites Lodge Fire
August 17, 2018
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) Anchorage District Attorney Rick Allen announced that an Anchorage grand jury indicted 29 year old Carleigh Fox and 30 year old Andrew Eknaty on nine counts of Murder in the Second Degree each, one count of Arson in the First Degree, six counts of Manslaughter, 16 counts of Assault in the First Degree, two counts of Assault on an Unborn Child in the First Degree, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the First Degree, one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, and one count of Failure to Report or Control a Dangerous Fire. Fox was also indicted for eluding police.
On February 15, 2017, Carleigh Fox eluded police after crashing her vehicle while intoxicated. Fox’s passenger, Andrew Eknaty, subsequently drove the vehicle to the Royal Suites Lodge and parked it under the carport. A fire was then started in the passenger compartment of the vehicle in an attempt to destroy evidence of Fox’s eluding. Fox and Eknaty left the fire unattended and went to an apartment in the building. Surveillance video shows Eknaty running back to the vehicle less than two minutes later. The two fled the scene without reporting the fire or sounding an alarm. Vivian Hall, Teuaililo Nua, and Laura Kramer died as a result of the fire. Eight others were seriously injured and numerous people lost their homes.
If convicted at trial, Fox and Eknaty face sentences of up to 99 years imprisonment for each count of Murder in the Second Degree and up to 20 years for each count of Arson in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Assault on an Unborn Child in the First Degree. The charges in the Indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Fox was apprehended this morning and is in the custody of the Department of Corrections. She is expected to be arraigned this afternoon. Andrew Eknaty is currently at large. If anyone has information about this case or the whereabouts of Andrew Eknaty, please contact the Anchorage Police Department at 3-1-1 (Option #1). To remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or online at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.
CONTACT: Anchorage Assistant District Attorney Michael Ebell 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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