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Anchorage man convicted of attempted murder in shooting of woman, friend

A 24-year-old Anchorage man was convicted of attempted murder Friday after an 11-day trial, the Anchorage district attorney's office said.

Evidence during the trial showed Christian Beier shot 19-year-old Caia Delavergne through the eye and shot 17-year-old Conor Lally multiple times in the chest in 2015 after finding them in the same bedroom fully clothed, according to a press release. Delavergne jumped out of a second-floor window to get help, the DA's office said.

Early the next morning, Beier sent messages to them both claiming they deserved what happened and threatening to "finish the job," the DA's office said.

On Facebook, someone claiming to be Beier posted hours later, describing the shooting, according to previous reports.

"That's what happens to people that (mess) around with the girl I'm with behind my back," the post said. "They catch bullets."

Beier was arrested after a 16-hour manhunt in which he eluded police on the Glenn Highway but was eventually apprehended in the woods near a Mountain View park after he was bitten by a police dog.

During the trial, he claimed he acted in "a heat of passion" during the shooting, the district attorney said.

Beier's sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 26. He is being held without bail. The sentencing range is five to 99 years.

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