Steven Downs is a resident of Maine, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:
- He grew up in Maine.
- He worked as a nurse in Auburn, Maine.
- From 1992 to 1996, he attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in College, Alaska, USA. After graduating from the university, he lived in Arizona, USA then returned to Maine.
- He was a UAF student when Sophie Sergie of Pitkas Point, Alaska was founded dead at Bartlett Hall in the university on April 26, 1993. He and his then roommate Nicholas Dazer lived on the third floor of the university’s dorm and she was sexually assaulted, stabbed multiple times and fatally shot with a .22-calibre firearm on the second floor. He and Dazer were among the students interviewed by investigators. He and Dazer denied having any knowledge of the crime.
- He had an H&R .22-calibre revolver, Dazer told a cold case investigator in 2010. The investigator interviewed Dazer and others who lived at Barlett Hall at the UAF when Sergie was murdered on April 26, 1993.
- His aunt’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) profile emerged when a Parabon NanoLabs forensic genealogist prepared a report on December 18, 2018, comparing the suspect’s genetic material from the crime scene where Sergie was murdered on April 26, 1993.
- When Maine State Police visited him at his home in Maine on February 13, 2019, he denied any knowledge of Sergie’s murder and suggested that soldiers stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska at the time of her death should be investigated.
- On February 14, 2019, a cheek swab was taken from him for DNA testing. It matched to semen found on Sergie so he was arrested in Maine without incident. He was charged with first-degree sexual assault and first-degree murder in relation to Sergie’s death on April 26, 1993. He was also charged in Maine with being a fugitive of justice.
- In August 2019, he was extradited from Auburn to Alaska. His trial started on January 12, 2022.
- He was 47 years old when a jury in Fairbanks Superior Court found him guilty on February 10, 2022 of first-degree sexual assault and first-degree murder in Sergie’s death. No bail for him will be allowed. A sentencing hearing is set for September 26, 2022 and September 27, 2022.