Manslaughter trial call begins: Thayr I. Watson case may see courtroom after 1st of the new year

Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thayr I. Watson, the man charged with manslaughter after another man was found dead in a Soldotna grocery store bathroom last year, is scheduled for trial on Jan. 4.

At Watson's trial call yesterday afternoon, Judge Anna Moran agreed to schedule another trial call for Watson on Dec. 30 with the intent to begin the trial Jan. 4 in Kenai.

Watson, 24, was indicted in March with one count of manslaughter and two other charges involving heroin. The charges stem from an Aug. 23, 2008 incident when Jason McCafferty was reportedly found dead in a Soldotna grocery store restroom.

The state is accusing Watson of "knowingly manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance ... and as a direct result of ingestion of the controlled substance Jason McCafferty died," according to March 20 grand jury indictment records.

Watson is also charged with one class A felony count of manufacturing, delivering or possessing heroin with intent of manufacturing or delivering it; and one class C felony count of possessing heroin.

Andrew Waite can be reached at andrew.waite@peninsulaclarion.com



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