Palmer man charged with murdering Sutton woman

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Palmer man has been charged with murdering a Sutton woman found shot to death in her home, Alaska State Troopers said Saturday.

William T. Horsey III, 52, was arrested Friday and charged with murder, robbery and theft in the death of Jane Sasseen on April 2. Her body was found in her home at Mile 51 of the Glenn Highway after family members reported her missing.

Troopers said Horsey is accused of going to the home, demanding money and then shooting Sasseen and hiding her body in a closet.

The home was ransacked and Sasseen's bank card and its PIN number were missing. Horsey allegedly withdrew $4,500 from Sasseen's account over nine days.

Sasseen had lived in the area for several years. She had won multiple awards at the Alaska State Fair for her quilting and needlework.

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