Jordan Flowers returned to a Palmer courtroom Thursday, and once again his trial for the murder of a Valley teen has been pushed.
Flowers, now 20, is accused of killing 19-year-old Gunner Swan Jan. 17. Witnesses say Flowers, then 19, shot and killed Swan while a group teenagers sat in a Jeep in a Meadow Lakes neighborhood on an early Sunday morning. Flowers had been scheduled to go to trial in November, but his lawyer asked for more time. Judge Jonathan Woodman set another pre-trial conference for Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m. and the trial for Jan. 13, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.
Flowers’ lawyer, Julia Moudy, initially asked for Jan. 23, 2020, to be the date for the next pre-trial conference.
“A (Jan. 23) date would be good. At least by then I can talk to (assistant district attorney) Rick Allen about any new discoveries, evaluate whether I need to file motions,” Moudy said.
Moudy said her current load of cases either in trial or going to trial has prevented her from studying the Flowers case in depth.
“I have had very little time to keep track of this case other than look at the discoveries,” Moudy said. “And I have had very little time to speak with Mr. Flowers.”
Moudy said she is also waiting for more information, including the autopsy.
“I can tell you there are going to be motions I need to file, and there’s several witnesses I need to go through,” Moudy said.
Flowers is currently facing a half-dozen charges including murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, manslaughter and a trio of third-degree assault charges.
According to court documents, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a shooting at about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 27 and found Swan dead in the driver’s seat of a Jeep. Authorities claim that Flowers pointed a loaded pistol at Swan and pulled the trigger, striking his neck and killing him.
Frontiersman managing editor Jeremiah Bartz contributed to this story. Contact the Frontiersman at email@example.com.