Homer man charged with second-degree murder

Posted: Friday, December 09, 2005

A Homer man charged on Nov. 14 with driving under the influence was arrested Tuesday on two counts of second-degree murder resulting from a fatal accident near Girdwood on Sept. 25.

Nick Thurmond, 20, was served with an arrest warrant at Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai. He was being held at Wildwood for the November DUI charge. Bail was set at $500,000 cash only.

Alaska State Troopers allege Thurmond was driving under the influence when he crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a car driven by Lawrence Kosko of Pennsylvania near Mile 88.5 of the Sterling Highway.

The accident killed Kosko and his wife, Susan Kosko, and injured Peter Taylor of Anchorage. Taylor was driving behind the Koskos in a Dodge truck and hit Thurmond’s truck. Thurmond also was charged with first-degree assault for injuring Taylor.

Tests of blood taken from Thurmond at the time show he had methamphetamines and marijuana in his system, said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

Troopers allege Thurmond possessed marijuana and the narcotic pain relievers codeine, hydrocodone and propoxy-phene, also known as Darvon.

In the Nov. 14 DUI incident, troopers allege a pipe Thurmond had contained marijuana and meth residue. He was charged with sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, marijuana in that case.

Troopers said Thurmond also had two handguns in or near his truck in the Sept. 25 accident. He also had a handgun under his seat in the Nov. 14 DUI incident.

Thurmond has not yet been indicted by a grand jury. If indicted, he will be tried in the Anchorage Superior Court.

In all, Thurmond faces these charges: Second-degree murder, two counts, an unclassified felony; first-degree assault, a class A felony; second-degree misconduct involving wea-pons, two counts, a class C felony; fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, three counts, a class C felony; fifth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, three counts, a misdemeanor; and driving under the influence, a misdemeanor.

He also was charged with not having auto insurance.

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