Judge sets higher bail for man accused of killing mother in Wasilla
A man who Wasilla police say confessed to killing his mother on New Year's Eve appeared in court on Tuesday.
Denys Abramov, 38, is now charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death of 60-year-old Olha Abramova. He also faces two counts of misconduct involving weapons.
Officers first encountered Abramov outside the Wasilla Police Station around 4 a.m. on Dec. 31. Court documents state Abramov had his hands in his pockets when he approached an officer and his K-9.
In the charging documents, one officer said Abramov had “a thousand-yard stare and was just staring into my eyes as he advanced toward me.”
Police instructed Abramov three times to take his hands out. Court documents state he then took out a handgun.
Officers said Abramov was slurring his speech and later admitted to consuming alcohol. There was a language barrier, so police reached out to a WPD employee who spoke Russian and Ukranian.
According to the documents, she translated a conversation Abramov had with officers where he said, “I shot my mom.”
Police asked if she was still alive and Abramov responded, "she is dead."
Just before the new year, Abramova's body was found on the ground of the Church of Latter-Day Saints at the corner of Bogard Road and Dellwood Avenue with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Investigators also found possible dried blood on the floor of Abramov’s apartment.
In court on Tuesday, Abramov used a Russian translator to speak with the judge. While applying for a public defender, he said he'd been working as a janitor and couldn't afford an attorney.
“I wish the cell in which I find myself will ensure a quiet environment for me," Abramov said through the translator at the end of the hearing.
In addition to the new first-degree murder charge, Abramov's bail was increased from $150,000 to $550,000 cash.
Correction: The amount of Abramov's bail in a previous version of this story was corrected.
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