Former Arizona Legislator Charged With Murder In Alaska


A former Democratic state representative, Mark Anthony De Simone, was charged with murder on Monday after he allegedly shot and killed a man at a cabin in Excursion Inlet, Alaska, according to the Juneau Empire.

Duilio Antonio Rosales, a jeweler and Juneau resident, was found by police on Sunday after being shot in the head. Witnesses called the Coast Guard after De Simone confessed to the crime, according to a charging document reviewed by the Alaska Dispatch News. Police charged De Simone with first degree murder, two counts of second degree murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide, according to the Dispatch News.

De Simone began his term in the Arizona legislature in 2007, but resigned in 2008 following domestic abuse allegations. He was arrested in June 2008 after allegedly punching his wife in the face several times and shoving her out of a room in their home, according to the Arizona Republic.

Shortly after his arrest, De Simone announced that he would resign from the legislature. The domestic violence charge against De Simone was dropped when he agreed to resign and begin counseling, according to the New York Times.