Kodiak Daily Mirror - Second man indicted for murder after alleged street race
Second man indicted for murder after alleged street race
by James Brooks / editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
Nov 02, 2011 | 794 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KODIAK — A second man has been indicted on second-degree murder charges in connection with a fatal car accident on Fred Zharoff Memorial Bridge Oct. 20.

Markryan Portillo, 20, is accused of driving a car containing Austin Long, who was killed in the accident that allegedly occurred during an illegal street race.

Portillo was arrested by the Kodiak Police Department on Monday, the day the grand jury indictment was signed by Judge Steve Cole.

Injured in an automobile accident, Portillo had been hospitalized.

In addition to the second-degree murder charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 99 years in jail, Portillo was indicted on first-degree assault, which has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

On Tuesday, the day police announced Portillo’s indictment, his co-defendant in the murder case, 19-year-old William Mecham, was formally arraigned in Superior Court. Mecham pled not guilty to a count of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree

assault and one count of misdemeanor DUI.

Mecham spoke few words in court as Cole asked him if he understood the charges against him.

Bail for each man has been set at $100,000 and third-party custody. Both remained in jail as of Tuesday afternoon.

The next hearing for the two men has been scheduled for Dec. 5.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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