Barrow Man Accused of Killing Assistant DA Was Out on Bail in Domestic Violence Cases

BARROW -- Ronald Fischer, 47, appeared in court Wednesday to face first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of assistant district attorney Brian Sullivan, 48, two days earlier.

At his initial court appearance Wednesday morning, Fischer sobbed as an Alaska State Trooper and a Barrow police officer sat him down alone at the defense table. Court attendants who sat behind Fischer were instructed not to speak with him.

An affidavit from a North Slope Borough police officer in the charging documents said law enforcement officials believe Fischer shot Sullivan twice in the face with a 20-gauge shotgun within 10 feet of where Sullivan was seated on a couch Monday evening.

Fischer stared down at his lap as Superior Court Judge Michael Jeffery, presiding over the hearing as a district judge, laid out what happens next. If convicted, Fischer faces 20 to 99 years in prison.