Fenton L. Jacobs appears in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday , May 15, 2019, for his arraignment on murder charges in the stabbing death of Scott Campbell. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Fenton L. Jacobs appears in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday , May 15, 2019, for his arraignment on murder charges in the stabbing death of Scott Campbell. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau man pleads not guilty to murder

Fenton Jacobs faces charges in fatal stabbing of Scott Campbell

A Juneau man accused of murder pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday.

Fenton L. Jacobs, 39, faces five felony charges in connection to the May 2 fatal stabbing of fellow Juneauite Scott Campbell. Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland entered a not guilty plea on Jacobs’ behalf in court Wednesday. Jacobs, who was present in court, didn’t speak during the hearing.

Superior Court Judge Philip M. Pallenberg set a tentative trial date for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 5. Attorneys on hand estimated that the trial should last about two weeks.

A grand jury indicted Jacobs on May 9 with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of third-degree assault stemming from the incident, which occurred just after midnight May 2. Juneau Police Department officers were called to the intersection of Franklin and Front streets to respond to a fight, according to a JPD release.

William Scott Campbell is pictured in this undated photograph. (Courtesy photo | Campbell family)

William Scott Campbell is pictured in this undated photograph. (Courtesy photo | Campbell family)

Campbell, 47, was found at the scene with three stab wounds, police say. He was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital and was flown to Seattle for his injuries, but he died on the flight there, the release stated. According to the indictment, the grand jury heard from 13 witnesses and examined four search warrants.

[Friends, family, colleagues bid farewell to victim of downtown stabbing]

Campbell, whose full name is William Scott Campbell, was a 17-year Juneau resident and was a driver for Juneau Taxi and Tours, friends and colleagues said. He and his wife, Monica, had six children. Campbell was born in Scotland, moved to the United States and ended up serving in the Navy, his friend Michael Garrison said recently.


• Contact reporter Alex McCarthy at amccarthy@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @akmccarthy.


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