Attempted murder suspect turns herself in to troopers

Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2011

An Anchor Point woman charged with the attempted murder of her girlfriend turned herself in to Alaska State Troopers Monday.

Laurie Kalberg called troopers Monday afternoon from O'Rielly Auto Parts in Soldotna, stating that she was aware of a warrant out for her arrest and that she wanted to turn herself in. Trooper Brock Simmons responded and arrested Kalberg, 46, who was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility and is being held without bail.

Kalberg actually had several felony warrants out -- including ones for attempted murder in the first degree, second and third degree assault, and petition to revoke probation -- stemming from the incident that occurred on New Year's Day of this year. Susan Frewin, the alleged victim in the case, told responding trooper David Chaffin that Kalberg, her live-in girlfriend of two years, had assaulted her and shot at her with a revolver after they had been drinking alcohol at their home in Anchor Point.

Chaffin's affidavit said Kalberg initially became upset because one of Frewin's tenants killed her cat several months earlier. When Frewin observed her girlfriend becoming increasingly agitated, she locked herself in the bathroom, as Kalberg had attacked her in the past.

After kicking down the bathroom door to get to Frewin, Kalberg allegedly proceeded to hit and kick her girlfriend, eventually slamming her head against the bathtub. She then left the bathroom and smashed a television screen and drinking glass while continuing to yell at Frewin.

When Kalberg made her way back to the rear bedroom near the bathroom, she produced a Taurus .357-caliber revolver and stood at the foot of the bed, while Frewin was situated at the head.

According to the affadavit, "Kalberg pointed the handgun at Frewin's head and then stated that she was going to kill Frewin and then kill herself.

"Frewin closed her eyes and Kalberg fired one shot with the handgun, which struck a window above Frewin's head."

Kalberg was indicted on six felony and three misdemeanor charges in late January. She was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in a Kenai court for two separate cases: one for the attempted murder of Frewin and one for the petition to revoke her probation from an earlier conviction.

Kalberg pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail due to the attempted murder charge. Her trial is set to take place in Homer during the week of May 23.

Karen Garcia can be reached at karen.garcia@peninsulaclarion.com.



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