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Dominican Republic’s Ruben Fernandez arrested 26 years after Anchorage, Alaska’s David Burdette’s death

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Ruben Fernandez, 47, of the Dominican Republic has been arraigned in Anchorage Superior Court in Anchorage, Alaska, United States. He was charged with murder in the first degree in connection with the death of David Burdette of Anchorage.

On the evening of May 20, 1995, Fernandez and Burdette, then 18, allegedly got into an argument at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Midtown, Anchorage. Later that evening, the latter was fatally shot in the parking lot of the fast food restaurant.

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Fernandez and Burdette were reportedly rival gang members. In September 1995, the former was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder but has since been at large.

Recently, detectives with the Anchorage Police Department received new information about the case. On February 24, 2022, U.S. Marshals Service agents arrested Fernandez in the Dominican Republic.

Fernandez was extradited to Anchorage to face trial and booked into the Anchorage Correctional Complex in Anchorage. His bail was set at $500,000.

The U.S. Marshals Alaska Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force and its foreign field office in the Dominican Republic coordinated and facilitated the arrest, deportation and extradition of Fernandez. If convicted at trial, he faces a maximum sentence of 99 years imprisonment.

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Anchorage was incorporated as s city on November 23, 1920, as a borough on January 1, 1964 and as a unified municipality on September 15, 1975. It was named for the anchorage at the mouth of Ship Creek, a river that lies entirely within the limits of the municipality.

Born in Superior, Wisconsin, USA, David “Dave” Bronson, 63, is a pilot, a retired military officer and the incumbent mayor of Anchorage. He assumed office on July 1, 2021.

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