More than eight years after a Kenai Peninsula couple disappeared, the man charged with their murders is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 17
A "status hearing" in the case of Billy Dean Smith, 40, has been scheduled for March 21.
Smith, formerly of Anchor Point, is charged in connection with the 1994 disappearance of Harold Enzler, 36, of Nikiski, and Nancy Bellamy, 42, of Homer. He also is charged with 14 counts of tampering with physical evidence.
According to the charges listed on the indictment, Smith confessed to investigators Aug. 29, 1997, that he and two accomplices lured Enzler and Bellamy out to Marathon Road, just north of Kenai, on the evening of March 27, 1994, where Smith then shot them to death with a Glock 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.
He was charged with their murders April 23, 1998.
Smith is incarcerated at Wildwood Pretrial Facility. His bail, originally set at $500,000 with a court-approved, third-party custodian, remains unchanged.
Enzler and Bellamy's bodies were never recovered, and investigators said they do not expect to find them.
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