April 29, 2002
accused of murder in babys death
A Ketchikan teen-ager is in
jail in Seattle, accused of first degree murder in the Saturday death of a Ketchikan
Ketchikan police say Josh Rowden, 16, was arrested by Seattle
Police Department investigators on a State of Alaska warrant. He is being held without
bail in Seattle.
Dead is 7-week-old Adrian Fackrell. Ketchikan police say his mother, Leah Fackrell,
brought him to Ketchikan General Hospital on April 16. According to police, the infant,
who was born March 5 in Ketchikan, had bleeding around his brain in two areas, and bruises
on his face, shoulder, leg and lower back.
Ketchikan Police Chief Grant Sirevog said Adrian was medivacked to Seattle Childrens
Hospital, where he also was found to have fractures of both tibias, a spiral fracture of
his right femur, two broken ribs, and bacterial meningitis. Doctors there said his
injuries were consistent with abuse, according to police. Sirevog said Rowden, the mothers boyfriend,
indicated he had shaken the baby.
Adrian died at 8:38 a.m. Alaska time Saturday, Sirevog said. The Alaska warrant charging Rowden with first degree murder was
served shortly after noon that same day.
April 30, 2002
pending for teen accused in babys death
A 16-year-old boy accused
of murdering a 7-week-old baby has yet to decide whether to fight extradition from
Seattle, according to police, but Ketchikan officers are confident that, eventually, Josh
S. Rowden will face charges here.
Rowden was charged with first-degree
murder Saturday afternoon in the death of Adrian Fackrell. According to court records,
Adrian was brought to Ketchikan General Hospital with severe injuries on April 16 and
flown to Childrens Hospital in Seattle for treatment.
Ketchikan Police Chief Sirevog said the state Division of Family and Youth Services
reported suspected abuse to police April 19. By then, he said, Rowden and Adrians mother, Leah
Fackrell, were in Seattle with Adrian.
Richie Sonner, children services manager for the DFYS Southeast region, said Monday that
her agency received information about Adrian on April 17, and acted on it the next day.
She said the division took more time to investigate the matter because Adrian was in the
hospital and no longer in the custody of Rowden and Fackrell. Sonner said a
local DFYS representative interviewed hospital workers on April 19.
teen accused of infants murder
The 18-year-old mother of
an infant who died Saturday, allegedly at the hands of the mothers 16-year-old
boyfriend, said Wednesday that police should look elsewhere for her sons killer.
Leah Fackrell said her son was healthy and happy most of his seven weeks of life, and was
well-loved by Josh Rowden, the accused boyfriend.
Rowden was charged with first-degree
murder Saturday afternoon in Adrians death. Adrian, then six weeks old, was brought
to Ketchikan General Hospital on April 16 with severe injuries doctors said were
consistent with abuse, according to charging documents filed in court by police. He was
flown that day to Childrens Hospital in Seattle for treatment. Leah Fackrell and Rowdens father, James Rowden of Ketchikan, talked Wednesday
with the Daily News at James Rowdens home. During the
interview, both expressed disbelief that Josh Rowden ever hurt Adrian.
Fackrell said Adrian was fine until April 12, when she and Josh Rowden left the baby for the day in the
care of a babysitter. The next day, she said, Josh Rowden noticed Adrian seemed to be in
pain. The infant also seemed listless and ill, she said. They made a doctors
appointment for the next week, she said, but then on April 16, Adrians condition
worsened. They rushed Adrian to the doctor, she said, and thats when the suspicion
of abuse began.
She said that Ketchikan police refuse to investigate the possibility of additional
suspects. Ketchikan Police Chief Grant Sirevog said Wednesday that police have interviewed
everyone who could possibly be involved in the case, some of them twice.
Theres no new information that changes the course of this investigation
whatsoever, he said.
Fackrell returned to Ketchikan from Seattle on Tuesday. She said she came back to support
her boyfriend. District Attorney Steve West said Wednesday that Josh Rowden has refused to waive extradition
back to Alaska, so the state must file a governors warrant to return him to the
state. West said such warrants result in a suspects return virtually 100
percent of the time.
Authorities are holding Josh Rowden without bail at the King
County Correctional Center in Seattle.
bail set for youth accused in killing baby
Wednesday, May 15, 2002
17-year-old boy accused of murder made his first court appearance Tuesday in Ketchikan
District Court. Bail was set at $100,000 cash.
Josh S. Rowden is charged with first-degree
murder for the April 27 death of 7-week-old Adrian Fackrell, the son of Rowdens girlfriend, Leah
Until recently, Rowden was in custody in Seattle,
where he was arrested on the charges. He was extradited back to Ketchikan, where he
remains at the Ketchikan Correctional Center. Fackrell, 18, and Rowdens father have said Rowden is innocent.
Josh Rowdens next court appearance is
scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 24 in Ketchikan District Court. It is a preliminary hearing,
which usually is canceled if a defendant is indicted by a grand jury before the scheduled
court date. If he is indicted, Josh Rowdens next court appearance
likely would be an arraignment in Ketchikan Superior Court.
May 29, 2002
indicts youth, 17, in babys death
A grand jury on Thursday
indicted a 17-year-old accused of murdering an infant last month on three separate
charges. Josh S. Rowden originally was charged with
one count of first-degree murder for the April 27 death of his girlfriends son,
7-week-old Adrian Fackrell. A Ketchikan grand jury added two more charges: Second-degree
murder and manslaughter.
District Attorney Steve West said Tuesday that the three charges are different theories of
the alleged crime and provide some options for the state and jury if the case goes to
Adrian the son of Leah Fackrell was born March 5, and was brought to the
Ketchikan General Hospital on April 16 with severe injuries doctors said were consistent
with abuse, according to charging documents filed in court by police.
A hearing for Rowden had been scheduled last week
with Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson. However, the state requested the case be
reassigned to a different judge. As of Tuesday, no new judge had been assigned, and no new
hearings were scheduled. Rowden remains in the Ketchikan
Correctional Center on $100,000 bail.
June 02, 2002
innocent in infant death case
Josh S. Rowden, 17, pleaded innocent Friday to
charges of first- and second-degree murder as well as manslaughter for allegedly killing
7-week-old Adrian Fackrell in April.
Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks set an Aug. 26 jury trial.
The prosecution and the defense for Rowden each used their judge-bumping
privileges this week. After the two Ketchikan Superior Court judges were bumped, the case
was assigned Friday to Judge Weeks of Juneau.
Rowden is in custody at the Ketchikan
Correctional Center. After a grand jury indicted him on the charges May 23, his case was
assigned to Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson. The prosecution requested a different
judge, and the case was reassigned Tuesday to Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens. The
defense then requested a change, and Weeks took over the case Friday.
Each side in a criminal case is allowed one unquestioned judge change. After that, if one
side wishes an additional change, a good reason is required.
Rowdens next scheduled court
appearance is 1:15 p.m. July 31 in Ketchikan Superior Court.
August 01, 2002
Teen accused in
baby death gets trial delay
The trial of a Ketchikan
teen accused of killing an infant has been delayed until early December.
Josh S. Rowden, 17, will go to trial Dec. 2
rather than Aug. 26, as originally planned. His attorney, Barb Kissner of the Ketchikan
public defenders office, asked Wednesday in Ketchikan Superior Court for a delay
because the medical records pertinent to the case are not yet available.
Rowden, who is in custody at the
Ketchikan Correctional Center, is charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as
manslaughter for allegedly killing 7-week-old Adrian Fackrell. Adrian was the son of Rowdens girlfriend, Leah
Rowdens next scheduled court
appearance is 9 a.m. Aug. 23 in Ketchikan Superior Court.
Friday, November 29, 2002
Murder trial delayed KDN Staff
The trial of a Ketchikan teenager accused of killing his
girlfriends infant son has been delayed for a second time. Josh S. Rowdens
trial, which was scheduled to start Monday, has been pushed back until April 1. The
defense made the motion for the delay at a hearing Monday.
District Attorney Steve West said the defense asked for more
time for discovery and to work with an expert witness.
Rowden is charged with first- and second-degree murder and
manslaughter for allegedly killing 7-week-old Adrian Fackrell. Fackrell was brought to the
Ketchikan General Hospital on April 16 with severe injuries. Doctors said the injuries
appeared to have been caused by abuse, according to charging documents filed in court by
the Ketchikan Police Department. Fackrell died several days after being admitted to the