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Buxton indicted on Metlakatla murder charges

A 29-year-old Metlakatla man charged with first-degree murder for Saturday’s stabbing death of 67-year-old Leona Meely has been indicted by a Ketchikan Grand Jury.

According to the Alaska Court System’s online records system, William Buxton was indicted Thursday. A Friday hearing in Ketchikan District Court was canceled, and a new hearing in Ketchikan Superior Court was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

Buxton was arrested Saturday in Metlakatla, and authorities there asked Alaska State Troopers to take over the case. According to the complaint filed by troopers, Buxton allegedly admitted to stabbing Meely multiple times during an argument early Saturday morning. He referred to Meely as his “auntie.”

Buxton remains in custody at Ketchikan Correctional Center on $100,000 bail.

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