Grand jury issues indictment in Seward Highway deaths

Driver facing 2 murder charges

Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2000

A Kenai grand jury issued an indictment on Friday, charging Michael J. Glaser, 43, of Crown Point, with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault. Bail has been set at $75,000 cash only, plus a court-approved third party custodian.

The grand jury's action are based on an April 19 vehicle accident at Mile 37.5 Seward Highway that resulted in the death of Martin John Richard, 50, and Ladd E. Macaulay, 57, both of Juneau. Injured was Steven Gregory McGee, 49, also a Juneau resident.

Glaser is reported to have had a .258 blood-alcohol level at the time of the accident, which is two-and-a-half times the legal limit.

Richard, Macaulay and McGee, three state of Alaska employees, were returning to Anchorage in a rented Toyota Camry after visiting peninsula hatcheries.

Glaser was southbound on the Seward Highway in an older model Chevrolet crew cab. The pickup crossed the center line, struck the Camry head on, and rolled on its side, trapping Glaser.

The Camry was shoved against the side of the surrounding mountain, trapping the three occupants. Richard and Macaulay were pronounced dead at the scene.

McGee and Glaser were injured in the accident. Both were transported to Central Peninsula General Hospital. McGee has since returned to Juneau. Glaser was released from the hospital last week.

An attempt to serve the warrant was made by Alaska State Troopers Friday afternoon. However, Glaser, who has been employed at Prudhoe Bay, is currently a patient in Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. The nature of his injuries are unknown, but a hospital spokesperson said he is in stable condition. The spokesperson was unable to give Glaser's release date.

Trooper Sgt. Brandon Anderson, in Seward, said information will be released when Glaser is in custody.

Second-degree murder is an unclassified felony offense, punishable by a fine of $75,000 and a jail term of five to 99 years. First-degree assault is a class "A" felony offense and is punishable by a $50,000 fine and zero to 20 years imprisonment.

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