Crime & Courts

Wasilla man pleads not guilty in Valley murder case

PALMER -- The Wasilla man charged with the June murder of 23-year-old Christopher Seaman entered a not guilty plea during his first court appearance Monday -- the day Seaman would have turned 24.

Superior Court Judge Eric Smith set 30-year-old Joshua Beebe's bail at $500,000 cash with a third-party custodian and no contact with witnesses or Seaman's family.

Few details have emerged about the events that led to Seaman being found dead in his car in late June near the fireworks stands in Houston, along the Parks Highway. A Palmer grand jury on Friday indicted Beebe on six felony counts of assault, robbery and murder.

The indictment mentions the use of a firearm and lists a co-defendant, 28-year-old Robert D. Casello. The indictment also references a second victim, Joshua Jensen, whom Beebe allegedly robbed and assaulted on June 17, five days before Seaman was killed, according to the document. Casello was apparently involved in the Jensen incident.

Beebe's public defender entered his plea during the brief hearing attended by Seaman's mother, Terria Walters, who was flanked by a contingent of supporters.

Walters said after the hearing that she got her first look at Beebe in person Monday. He wouldn't look at her, she said.

"I don't wish ill will against this guy," Walters said. "I wish he would be accountable and get his own life together."


Beebe was taken into custody by U.S. marshals on July 15. Beebe had cut off his ankle monitor only 20 minutes after his release from jail on prior charges.

His lengthy criminal record starts with a 2003 reckless driving arrest in Glennallen court and includes convictions or no contest pleas on felony theft along with several escape, criminal mischief and assault charges.

Zaz Hollander

Zaz Hollander is a veteran journalist based in the Mat-Su and is currently an ADN local news editor and reporter. She covers breaking news, the Mat-Su region, aviation and general assignments. Contact her at