Heroin death leads to charges

Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A 24-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday in Kenai Superior Court on one count of manslaughter and two other felony charges involving heroin.

Photo By  M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Thayr Watson listens to proceedings during his arraignment Tuesday.

Thayr Watson was charged in the Aug. 23, 2008, death of Jason McCafferty in Soldotna. McCafferty was reportedly found dead in a Soldotna grocery store rest room.

The state is accusing Watson of "knowingly manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance ... and as a direct result of ingestion of the controlled substance Jason McCafferty died," according to the indictment handed down by the Kenai grand jury on Friday.

Watson is also charged with one class A felony count of manufacturing, delivering or possessing heroin with intent of manufacturing or delivering it; and one class C felony count of possessing heroin.

Watson's court-appointed public defender, Bill Taylor, entered not guilty pleas to all three counts on Watson's behalf in Judge Carl Bauman's court Tuesday.

Bauman accepted the pleas and set a jury trial for the week of June 8 in Judge Anna Moran's court.

Watson is being held in the Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $50,000 bail with the requirement of a court-approved third-party custodian if he is released.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.

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