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Jury selection will begin on Tuesday for a man accused of murder in a 2016 shooting death aboard a fishing vessel docked in a Kodiak harbor. 

Matthew Bowe, 30, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and three counts of third-degree assault in the February 2016 shooting death of 25-year-old Welton Daniel Albers aboard the fishing vessel Katherine. 

According to KPD, a witness called 911 at 12:40 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2016, saying a friend of his had been shot multiple times and was onboard a fishing vessel in St. Herman Harbor.

Bowe also allegedly called 911, telling police he had shot Albers in self-defense.

According to KPD, police responded to the 77-foot fishing vessel at its slip and found Albers unresponsive with apparent gunshot wounds in his torso and arm. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to the police, Albers and Bowe shared a bunkroom aboard the vessel, and police found a loaded AR-15 rifle near Albers and an unloaded shotgun elsewhere on the boat.

Jury selection and trial is expected to run throughout the month of November and possibly into the first full week of December.  

The courthouse will be closed on Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day and Nov. 23 and 24 in observance of Thanksgiving, so the trial will be in recess on those days. 

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