ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The man accused of killing the new Coast Guard commander on St. Paul Island believed his estranged wife was romantically involved with the officer, authorities said.
Carl W. Merculief Jr., 25, was charged with first-degree murder in the death Tuesday morning of Chief Warrant Officer Timothy A. Harris. Harris, 33, was found dead in front of the Coast Guard's Long Range Navigation Station.
Merculief "believed his wife was having an affair with Harris, and he was angry about that," according to charging documents released Wednesday.
Harris was assigned July 3 as commanding officer of the station on the remote island, in the Bering Sea about 775 miles southwest of Anchorage. He was transferred from New Orleans, where he leaves a wife and two young children.
The killing, the first known homicide on Coast Guard property, shocked residents of St. Paul, a mostly Aleut Native community.
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