Man charged with murders of two Alaska Native women
SEE ALSO :KDF soldier killed, corpse burntHer body was found on Oct. 2 in a secluded area just south of the city. Smith was indicted on an additional murder charge on Thursday in the fatal shooting more than a year ago of Veronica Abouchuk, 52, who was last seen by family in July 2018 and was described in a missing-persons report as being homeless. Authorities said the location Smith gave police for disposing of her remains matched the wooded site north of Anchorage where Alaska state troopers recovered her skull with a gunshot wound in April. Investigators were led to Smith after someone found and turned over to police a digital camera card containing video of a naked woman being beaten and strangled, and a man laughing and yelling at her to die in “an English sounding accent,” the bail memorandum said. The video card, containing 39 still images and 12 videos in all, was labeled “Homicide at midtown Marriott,” according to the document.
SEE ALSO :Panic as hackers access sacco databaseThe memorandum said Smith was linked to the videos by a detective who recognized him from another case, and that Smith admitted under questioning that he was the man in the footage and had disposed of the victim’s body. Smith, a white immigrant from South Africa who has lived in Alaska for five years, is married to a U.S. citizen and became a naturalized American citizen last month. Deputy District Attorney Brittany Dunlop declined to offer a possible motive for the two killings, or to characterize Smith as a suspected serial predator. “We take every case and every victim as they come,” Dunlop told reporters. “These were two Alaska Native women, and I know that hits home here in Alaska, and we’re cognizant of that.” In June, a Canadian government inquiry into widespread violence against aboriginal women and girls concluded that the more than 1,000 such homicides documented between 1980 and 2012 amounted to a national genocide.
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