Grand jury indicts airman in April killing of another airman

Kyle Hopkins

An Alaska-based U.S. Air Force airman has been charged with killing fellow airman Clinton Reeves, whose body was discovered last month in Eagle River after Reeves had been missing for 20 days.

A grand jury on Friday indicted Airman 1st Class James Devinn Thomas on counts of first- and second-degree murder, accusing the 24-year-old of killing Senior Airman Reeves on April 19. Thomas is also now facing a robbery charge, but neither the indictment nor police have explained the scenario they believe led to Reeves' death.

Reeves had gotten a check from an insurance company for more than $4,000 after a wreck totaled his vehicle, his parents said. He was looking for a new one the weekend he went missing, they said.

Thomas had previously been charged only with evidence tampering in the case.

Before the indictment, police described Thomas as a "person of interest" in the investigation. The earlier evidence tampering charges, filed May 9, included claims that Thomas lied about his final moments with Reeves, burned some bloody clothes in a fireplace and moved Reeves' car and a love seat with blood on it.

Thomas is assigned to the Air Force's 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Reeves was assigned to the 673rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, according to the Air Force. The earlier charging document says Thomas told police he and Reeves were friends.

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