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Marshall Trial Begins

52-year old Steven Marshall is alleged to have assaulted his former girlfriend in December 2011.

The victim was identified Monday in court as Wrangell resident Sonia Turner.

At the time, the couple was sharing a trailer in Bloom’s Trailer Court in Wrangell.
According to court documents, Marshall allegedly raped, hit, and strangled Turner as well as threatened her with a machete.

Turner was hospitalized at Wrangell Medical Center as a result of the alleged attacks.

There are currently seven indicted felony charges against Marshall. There are two Class C felony charges of causing fear of injury with a weapon. There is one Class A felony charge of causing injury with a weapon and one of sexual assault. And there are three unclassified felony charges of sexual assault.

In Alaska, an unclassified felony charge is the highest a person can get. It potentially carries a life sentence.

There is also a charge of solicitation for murder.

During Marshall’s time at the Ketchikan Correctional Center in 2012, he allegedly asked his then cellmate, Frank Mooney, to kill Turner.

While Mooney is listed as a witness for this week’s six-count assault trial, the solicitation for murder charge is scheduled to be brought to trial separately in September in Ketchikan.

As of the end of trial Monday, only three-quarters of the jury had been selected.
The presiding judge is the honorable William Carey.

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