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By LOG Staff 

Trial set for Cooper Landing man

 


Paul Andrew Vermillion, a Cooper Landing resident who reportedly told Alaska State Troopers in a Dec. 5 phone call that he killed Genghis Muskox, has been temporarily transferred to Anchorage for medical tests to evaluate his claims that Muskox beat him. The transfer from Kenai’s Wildwood Correctional Center took place the week of Dec. 16 along with a motion for Vermillion’s bail and release to a third party.

The proposed third party, Patrice Vermillion, is Paul Vermillion’s mother who lives in Anchorage and also owns the Cooper Landing home where AST found Muskox shot to death. Vermillion originally requested bail and entered a not guilty plea on Dec. 9, but the jurisdiction for trial was transferred to Kenai Superior Count on Dec. 13.

That bail request was delayed because of opposition by the Kenai District Attorney’s office, judge reassignments and intervening weekends. Bail and third-party release continues to considered by Judge Carl Baumann.

According to reports, Muskox was shot several times before Vermillion called the Soldotna AST dispatch center claiming that he’d killed someone. After arriving at home owned by Vermillion’s parents on the shores of Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing, AST found the body of Muskok and determined that among other wounds, he had been shot twice in the head.

Muskox, who had been in and out of Alaska for at least eight years, was a relatively familiar face in Cooper Landing. According to neighbors, he and Vermillion were acquaintances previous to his death.

A grab bag of four prospective charges have been filed by prosecuter Scott Leaders, including Murder with Extreme Indifference. Josh Cooley of the Alaska Public Defender’s Agency is representing Vermillion and says that the charges will be narrowed down when the district attorney’s office can determine what charge or charges best fit accumulating evidence. Meanwhile the next hearing in the case is scheduled for Feb. 10 in Kenai Superior Court.

 

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