Anchorage man acknowledges killing girlfriend

Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has admitted strangling his live-in girlfriend to death, according to Anchorage authorities.

Edward Alan Soeth, 38, told police he killed Cynthia Maughs on Friday. Soeth was arrested later the same day and is charged with first-degree murder.

Soeth felt himself fill with rage before attacking his 44-year-old girlfriend, according to court records. He told police he strangled Maughs with his hands, then wrapped a ligature around her neck.

Police said Soeth told them he had a toothache Friday, so he didn't go to work. Instead, he bought a case of beer and a bottle of rum.

According to court records, Soeth was under the influence of alcohol when Maughs came home that afternoon. She became angry that he didn't go to work.

Soeth allegedly attacked her less than two hours later.

Police said Soeth called a friend a short while later and confessed to the murder. The friend told Soeth to turn himself in, then called police.

Soeth is being held in Anchorage Jail on $150,000 bail.

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