Man charged with murder in traffic deaths

Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula man was in an Anchorage jail Tuesday charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the traffic deaths of two Juneau men last month on the Seward Highway.

Alaska State Troopers arrested Michael J. Glaser of Crown Point on Monday morning following his release from Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He is charged in connection with the deaths of Martin Richard, 50, and Ladd Macaulay, 57.

Glaser also was charged with one count of first-degree assault for injuring Steven McGee, 49, of Juneau in the same two-vehicle accident.

Glaser was being held at Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility on $75,000 cash-only bail.

Glaser, 43, was driving a pickup truck south about 4 p.m. April 19 when it crossed the center line near milepost 37.5 of the Seward Highway, north of Seward. The pickup struck a rental car driven north by Richard with Macaulay and McGee as passengers. Richard and Macaulay were pronounced dead at the scene.

Tests following the crash showed Glaser had a blood-alcohol level of .258 percent, more than two and a half times the state's presumptive limit for drunken driving.

Glaser, an ARCO employee traveling to his home near Seward from the North Slope, was injured in the crash and treated for several days at a Soldotna hospital.

Richard was director of the Division of Investments for the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Macaulay also worked for the division.

McGee is a nonprofit hatchery expert. He has worked for the state Department of Fish and Game for 17 years.

Glaser will be transported to Kenai this week for arraignment, said Kenai District Attorney Dwayne McConnell said.

A second-degree murder conviction carries a sentence of up to 99 years. The maximum sentence for a first-degree assault conviction is 20 years.

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