The Kasilof woman charged in the shooting death of her boyfriend was released on bail Friday in Kenai Superior Court.
To the applause of a courtroom full of family and friends of Betsy Hester, bail was set at $25,000 with a 10 percent cash posting, plus the requirement of a third-party custodian.
In fact, Judge Charles Huguelet named four individuals as third-party custodians for Hester, including her boss, Charles Grasso Jr., owner of Kenai Body and Paint; Nancy Kitchen, Hester's sister; Vera Olsen, Hester's 29-year-old daughter; and Robin Williams, a neighbor.
Hester, 48, was indicted Oct. 16 on one count of second-degree murder for allegedly killing John E. Clark, 49, of Kasilof.
During the bail review hearing Friday, District Attorney Dwayne McConnell said that on Oct. 3, Clark and Hester had been drinking at the Decanter Inn in Kasilof and arguing. They went to the home they shared 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 has been in custody at Wildwood Pretrial Facility since then.
Owen Sullivan, the public defender appointed for Hester, told the court that the fact Hester had been released by troopers on her own recognizance and remained in the area between Oct. 4 and Oct. 18 was proof she was not a flight risk.
Judge Huguelet said conditions of her release would include making all scheduled court appearances, not leaving the Kenai Peninsula without the permission of the court, not consuming alcohol or being where alcohol is sold and not having access to any firearms.
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