The Juneau Police Department arrested a Juneau man suspected of killing a woman in a domestic incident in 2019 on Oct. 2. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire)

The Juneau Police Department arrested a Juneau man suspected of killing a woman in a domestic incident in 2019 on Oct. 2. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire)

Police arrest suspect, release details of alleged 2019 murder

A trial is scheduled for January.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of a story published on Oct. 7 incorrectly state that Latina Helfinstine was taken to Providence Medical Center. She was taken to the Alaska Native Medical Center. It has been updated to reflect the correct information.

Juneau Police Department offered new details related to the arrest of a Juneau man accused of killing a woman in late November 2019.

William Robert Warden, 36, was arrested Friday and charged with the two counts of second-degree murder and one count of manslaughter for the 2019 death of Latina Dawn Helfinstine, 36, said JPD Lt. Krag Campbell.

At 6:47 a.m. on Nov. 25, 2019, Warden called JPD, saying Helfinstine was having a seizure and had hit her head in their apartment on the 300 block of Fourth Street downtown, Campbell said. Capital City Fire/Rescue transported her to Bartlett Regional Hospital where her injuries, including a skull fracture, were pronounced critical, and she was medevaced to the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She died there on Nov. 29, 2019, Campbell said.

[Candidates, residents await results from by-mail election]

JPD began an investigation into the cause of the injuries shortly after Helfinstine was admitted to Bartlett Regional Hospital, Campbell said. When Helfinstine was pronounced deceased, it became a death investigation.

In the course of that investigation, detectives learned information that led them to believe the cause of death might have been a homicide. An investigation lasting nearly a year led to a grand jury hearing the evidence on Oct. 1 and indicting Warden, Campbell said.

A warrant was issued and Warden was arrested without incident at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 2 at a residence on the 700 block of West Willoughby Avenue.

He was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center and held on $50,000 bail.

A trial date is scheduled for January.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

More in News

Jasmine Chavez, a crew member aboard the Quantum of the Seas cruise ship, waves to her family during a cell phone conversation after disembarking from the ship at Marine Park on May 10. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Ships in port for the week of June 22

Here’s what to expect this week.

Eddie Petrie shovels gravel into a mine cart as fast as possible during the men’s hand mucking competition as part of Juneau Gold Rush Days on Saturday at Savikko Park. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Mucking, trucking, chucking and yukking it up at Juneau Gold Rush Days

Logging competitions, live music, other events continue Sunday at Savikko Park.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Thursday, June 20, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Pins supporting the repeal of ranked choice voting are seen on April 20 at the Republican state convention in Anchorage. (James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
State judge upholds most fines against group seeking repeal of Alaska ranked choice voting

An Anchorage Superior Court judge has ruled that opponents of Alaska’s ranked… Continue reading

Joshua Midgett and Kelsey Bryce Riker appear on stage as the emcees for MixCast 2023 at the Crystal Saloon. (Photo courtesy Juneau Ghost Light Theatre)
And now for someone completely different: Familiar faces show new personas at annual MixCast cabaret

Fundraiser for Juneau Ghost Light Theatre on Saturday taking place amidst week of local Pride events

Jasz Garrett / Juneau Empire
A section of Angoon along the coast is seen on June 14. Angoon was destroyed by the U.S. Navy in 1882; here is where they first pulled up to shore.
Long-awaited U.S. Navy apology for 1882 bombardment will bring healing to Angoon

“How many times has our government apologized to any American Native group?”

Juneau Mayor Beth Weldon announced this week she plans to seek a third three-year term. (Juneau Empire file photo)
Mayor Beth Weldon seeking third term amidst personal and political challenges

Low mill rate, more housing cited by lifelong Juneau resident as achievements during past term.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Wednesday, June 19, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

A king salmon is laid out for inspection by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor during the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file photo)
Emergency order bans king salmon fishing in many Juneau waters between June 24 and Aug. 31

Alaska Department of Fish and Game says low projected spawning population necessitates restrictions

Most Read