FAIRBANKS, Alaska Two men arrested in connection with a murder earlier this month pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday. Patrick Marsh and Jerad Zabriskie are both charged in the murder of Trisha Pearson on May 12th.
A grand jury indicted Jerad Zabriskie for first degree murder and solicitation to commit murder in connection with the case.
A grand jury indicted Zabriskie for first degree murder and solicitation to commit murder in connection with the case. Troopers say that Jerad Zabriskie and his wife, Shea-Lyn Probert, were in Tok when the murder took place. Probert called troopers and told them that she had received a call from her landlord, the victim, and when she had called back, a male voice indicated that her land lord was in trouble.
After the troopers were called, Zabriskie called a friend to check on the house. The friend found Pearson dead inside the house.
Zabriskie and Probert had installed a home video system that captured the murder. According to charging documents, the video shows the victim being beaten with furniture and strangled. It then allegedly shows Marsh leaving the scene in the victims Jeep.
Troopers found the Jeep abandon later that night. Four days after the murder, a trooper saw Marsh walking along a road in North Pole and took him into custody.
Probert has not been charged in connection with the case.