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Kasilof woman's murder trial postponed until August

Hester accused of shooting boyfriend in 2003

Posted: Monday, July 11, 2005

The trial of a Kasilof woman charged in the shooting death of her boyfriend in 2003 has been postponed until August.

Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles T. Huguelet scheduled an evidentiary hearing for Aug. 5, with the jury trial set to begin during the week of Aug. 8.

Betsy M. Hester, 52, is charged with one count of second-degree murder for allegedly killing John E. Clark, 49, of Kasilof, on Oct. 4, 2003.

During a 2003 bail hearing, former Kenai District Attorney Dwayne McConnell said that on Oct. 3, Clark and Hester had been drinking and arguing at the Decanter Inn in Kasilof. They went to their home in the vicinity of Pollard Loop Road, where the argument continued.

Clark reportedly slapped Hester numerous times in the face and, as he got up to go to the kitchen — again threatening bodily harm — she allegedly shot him with a 9mm pistol twice in the back and once in the thigh, according to McConnell.

Hester then called Alaska State Troopers at 1:47 a.m., Oct. 4, saying she had shot her boyfriend.

She was taken into custody Oct. 18 after turning herself in at trooper E Detachment headquarters in Soldotna following the indictment.

She was released from custody on $25,000 bail Oct. 24, to the applause of a courtroom full of family and friends. She also was required to have a third-party custodian.

On Wednesday of last week, the public defender assigned to Hester, Brooke Browning, told the court the defense is ready for trial.



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