Josh Wade, Joshua Wade, Della discussed on Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier

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Twenty year old Joshua Wade and his three passengers to young men and one young woman. Were driving through the streets of anchorage when they came across a woman passed out in the middle of the road. Josh wanted to run over her. But nineteen year old DWAYNE clovinger convinced Josh to stop and let him drag the woman out of the road. Duane left Della Brown near an abandoned shed. The group drove around a while longer and then the three males went to a friend's automotive repair shop a block from the shed where they'd left Della they plan to spend the night at the garage working on cars and drinking whiskey and beer a while after they arrived at the garage Josh announced he was going back to the shed to see if the passed out. Woman had any money on her. Josh returned to the garage several several times during the night once asking for a condom. Witnesses said another time wade returned to the garage covered in blood and and he admitted he'd killed the woman. Several of the young men in the garage claim Josh took them to the shed to show them the body of Della Brown. Most of these young men have police records and were at least partially intoxicated. The Night of Dallas murder. None of them wanted to get involved with the police. Yes and Wade threatened to kill them if they told the police what he had done. No one said anything until a few days after Dulles body was found and police offered an award for information leading to the capture of Dell's killer with the promise of award money. The young men from the garage began again to talk on two separate occasions. Detectives Wire Josh. Wade's acquaintances incent them to talk to Wade Wade not only made incriminating incriminating statements about killing della. But when shown the new story written by Sheila Toomey in the Anchorage Daily News about the six murdered. Anchorage Women Wade suggested to his friends. He had killed three of the women. Police felt they had gathered more than enough evidence against Wade and they arrested did him and charged him with Della Brown's rape and murder as well as six other counts including tampering with evidence. Marianne Dan Henry was named lead prosecutor. In the case. Miss Henry a Harvard graduate was the first woman to prosecute homicides in the state of Alaska. Marcy Danell Assistant Marianne. Marcy was a young inexperienced lawyer. Eager to learn from one of the best prosecutors in the state. Marianne Henry new. The prosecution had almost no forensic evidence they had no weapon and no trace evidence evidence. The Semen Empu care. Found in Della did not belong to Josh. Wade and Wade also did not leave. The bloody fingerprint found in in the shed. The prosecution did have a strong circumstantial case. Though seven. Witnesses came forward to State Wade confessed. He killed Della Woah. The witnesses saw blood on. Wade's clothes. But unfortunately investigators were unable to find the bloody clothes. The prosecution also had the tape of weight. Admitting to two of his friends he killed Della and suggesting he might have killed two other women. Henry New the prosecution witnesses. Witnesses were not solid citizens. They were petty criminals who had been impaired by drugs and alcohol the night of the murder and they had trouble remembering dates times and the sequence of events still they all told virtually the same story and their stories should convince the jury beyond onto reasonable doubt. Josh Wade was very lucky. Though his defense lawyers Jim mccombs and Cindy strout or considered two of the the best in the state and they had a dual pronged approach for securing a non guilty verdict for the client. I since Joshua Wade was talker and a braggart his lawyers put forth the theory that Wade found Dulles dead body in the abandoned shed and then to gain street cred cred with his new criminal acquaintances. He told them he murdered della and even took them to the shed to show them her body as proof. Furthermore more when shown the photo of the murdered women in the paper Josh could not resist claiming he not only murdered della but also murdered two of the other women secondly the defense pointed to a sloppy work by the increase. Police Department in the Anchorage District Attorney's office claiming lay stopped opt investigating before they found the true murderer. Police never discovered who the semen pubic hair and bloody fingerprint belong to and they had several other viable suspects who could have murdered della including her violent boyfriend a month into the trial lead prosecutor. Mary Ann Dan. Henry suddenly stepped down from the case claiming health problems. He dropped the prosecution of Joshua Wade into the lap of the very very inexperienced marcy. McDonnell Carrie Brady another young inexperienced attorney stepped in to assist mcdaniel. Oh neither attorney had ever prosecuted a homicide before and both admitted afterwards. They were in way over their heads. The prosecution in case suffered serious problems before Henry quit but once she was gone. The inexperience of the two prosecutors only highlighted the claims by the defense insisting the prosecution brought the case to trial before they thoroughly investigated it after two and one half months of testimony. The jury eerie deliberated one week before they returned with a verdict they found Josh Will Wade not guilty on all counts except for tampering with evidence and for this offense he received a six and one half year prison sentence minus time he'd already served in December. Two Thousand Four Joshua Wade was released from jail and Anchorage law enforcement officials feared they had just unleashed just a ticking time.

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