Unalaska woman indicted on manslaughter charge

Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2000

UNALASKA -- A 29-year-old woman has been indicted on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges in connection with the death of an Unalaska man in September.

Alya S. Landt also was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence and driving while intoxicated by an Anchorage grand jury.

Roger Rom, an Anchorage assistant district attorney who is prosecuting the case, told the Dutch Harbor Fisherman that a trial is scheduled for Dec. 11. However, that date is likely to be postponed, Rom said.

According to court documents, Landt accidentally ran over Robert Shapsnikoff on Sept. 3 after a night of heavy drinking. Landt then allegedly concocted a story to cover up the incident.

Landt, Shapsnikoff and Innocent ''Ty'' Dushkin were drinking together at an Unalaska bar the night of the accident. Afterward, Shapsnikoff reportedly walked away from the bar, and Landt and Dushkin left soon afterward in her rental truck.

After the truck struck Shapsnikoff, Landt and Dushkin moved Shapsnikoff's body to a parking lot near his home, according to charging documents.

Police said Landt and Dushkin initially told officers they found Shapsnikoff injured in the road and they called an ambulance after he stopped breathing. But Dushkin reportedly changed his story after an autopsy revealed the victim died of injuries consistent with a vehicle accident.

Dushkin has not been arrested and police have said they do not expect charges to be filed against him.

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