Court Six people stand accused of robbery turned murder

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The six people arrested in connection with the Gianna's Court murder sat before a Superior Court judge today for arraignments. Jeremiah Kinnish, Mealani Jones, Joshua Erickson, Tyrese Finley, and Jason Edwards are all facing numerous charges including second degree murder, first degree robbery, and first degree assault. According to charging documents, on July 22, Alaska State Troopers, Fairbanks Police Department, and Emergency Medical Services responded to the residence of Charles Baptiste. Officers found both Baptiste and his friend Wayne Daniel with gunshot wounds. They were transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital to be treated - but Baptiste succumbed to his injuries a short time later. According to officials five people were observed on surveillance footage entering the house, before rushing out a minute later. Finley and Edwards will be tried as adults for their part in the crime.
In the same court room Kyle Morris was arraigned on his involvement in the shooting. Morris is facing charges of first degree robbery. According to court documents, Morris admitted to officers that he knew Joshua Erickson was planning a robbery. Morris said he was asked to recruit others, and suggested to Jason Edwards and Tyrese Finley that they help. The investigation spanned roughly five days before any arrests were made. If convicted Kinnish, Jones, Erickson, Finley, and Edwards could face up to 99 years in prison for the murder charge. Morris could spend up to five years in jail for his charge.