FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Peter Wilson, the Kotzebue man charged with the death of 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr, appeared telephonically today in Fairbanks Court. At the representation hearing, Wilson's defense attorney said they do not have enough information at this time to determine if they can continue to represent him. The attorney for the Office of Special Prosecutions countered saying it is taking a while to get all the information processed.
In September of this year, Alaska State Troopers, Kotzebue Police and the FBI became involved in the investigation surrounding the disappearance of Johnson-Barr. Law enforcement searched for eight days before recovering her body east of Kotzebue using GPS coordinates from her cell phone. The cell phone was recovered in the pocket of Wilson's coat.
Wilson was arrested for lying to a federal agent about knowing Johnson-Barr, even though they are related. Wilson is facing charges of first degree murder, sexual abuse of a minor, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence.