Saturday, May 25, 2013
Jury Finds Accused Guilty of Rape, Murder of Bonnie Craig
A 12-member jury found Kenneth Dion guilty on all four counts for the rape and murder of Bonnie Craig in 1994.
ANCHORAGE—Today, an Anchorage jury came to a unanimous conclusion, answering the nearly 17-year-old question of “Who Killed Bonnie Craig?” in a downtown Anchorage courtroom, ending the nearly month-long rape-and-murder trial of one of Alaska’s most well-known cold cases.
The jury took just hours to deliberate and found Kenneth Dion guilty on all four counts for the rape and murder of the popular college student at McHugh Creek on Sept. 28, 1994.
The defense claimed Dion, a former Fort Richardson paratrooper, had consensual sex with Craig, and that she’d led a secret life that ended in an accidental, and fatal, fall.
Prosecutors said that claim was unfounded and instead insisted that Craig was “hopelessly in love” with her long-distance boyfriend at the time, Cameron Miyasaki.
Yesterday, three jurors were randomly selected out, leaving a 12-member jury constituting of three women and nine men who reached their verdict this afternoon.