Charges: Man beat girlfriend to death at Spenard apartment
The man accused of killing a woman in Spenard Thursday allegedly beat her to death, according to charging documents.
Henry Bailey, 42, is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend – identified Friday by APD as Katelyn Sours, 22 – based on revised charges on which he was arraigned Friday in Anchorage Jail Court. Anchorage police had described the crime Thursday as a suspected act of domestic violence.
During his Friday arraignment, Bailey did not enter a plea. A judge set his bail at a total of $200,000 cash.
In a charging document against Bailey, prosecutors said police and medics responded just before 5:30 a.m. Thursday to a 26th Avenue apartment. Bailey and Sours had been staying there as visitors.
“Bailey had called 911 and, after calmly giving his location, said that his girlfriend was freaking out and not breathing,” prosecutors wrote. “He was instructed in how to perform chest compressions until medics arrived on scene.”
According to responding officers, Sours was found unconscious and without a heartbeat.
“She had a fresh scratch and bruise on the side of her face, her left eye was swollen and her right eye was black and blue,” prosecutors wrote. “There were red marks on her neck and she had bite marks on her left forearm and top of her right forearm.”
Medics were able to recover Sours' heart rhythm and took her to a local hospital, but she never regained consciousness there and died Thursday night.
A witness who was at the apartment said Bailey and Sours arrived Wednesday night, and “they all drank vodka together.” On Thursday morning, he was awakened by screaming between the couple, and “that by his assessment it was Mr. Bailey who started it.”
“[The witness] then went outside to smoke a cigarette and on his way through the living room he saw that Bailey was on top of [Sours], holding her arms down and at one point he had his hands on her head and face pressing her into the floor,” prosecutors wrote.
When police interviewed Bailey, prosecutors said he had “scratches and bruises on his arms and lower legs.” He allegedly told officers he and Sours “had been in a physical fight for about 40 minutes that morning.”
“[Bailey] said it started outside when they went outside on a walk and that she had head-butted him,” prosecutors wrote. “[When] they came inside she was freaking out and he was trying to calm her down. He said that when she fell he got on top of her in order to control her and that he just held his hands out to keep her from hitting him. He admitted to being on top of her at various points with all of his weight.”
According to public-safety records, Bailey stands 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds, while Sours stood 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds.
Eventually, Bailey said, Sours “gave up struggling and the two of them got on the bed together and were spooning.”
At that point, Bailey allegedly told police, he noticed she was unresponsive and sought a phone to call 911.
Dave Leval contributed information to this story.
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