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Trial in Alaska cold case starts in Juneau

By Associated Press 2:02 PM March 21, 2014

Case re-opened in 2009

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A cold case murder trial has started in Juneau involving the shooting of a Washington State woman by her boyfriend at Yakutat’s Glacier Bear Lodge in 1996.

The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1giXnn6) reports the case involving the shooting death of Sandra Perry by Robert Kowalski was re-opened in 2009 after Kowalski was convicted of homicide for killing a different girlfriend in Montana in 2008.

The incident involving Perry took place in their bedroom at the lodge on July 21, 1996. It was then ruled accidental. He’s facing first- and second-degree murder charges.

Kowalski says he heard a bear at the bedroom window and grabbed his Mossberg 12-gauge. He tripped over a chord on his way to the window, causing the gun to go off and killing Perry.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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