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Prosecutor won't seek murder retrial

Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2000

KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai prosecutor has decided not to retry a Nikiski man charged with first-degree murder.

Rocky Seaman, 43, was convicted Nov. 20 in Kodiak of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit kidnapping in connection with the 1996 disappearance of Loreese ''Loree'' Hennagin, 29, of Kenai. Jurors could not reach a verdict on the murder charge.

District Attorney Dwayne McConnell said Thursday the murder count, when factored into concurrent sentences with the other charges, would not dramatically affect the overall sentence Seaman could face. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 13.

He said the convictions carry sentences that range from five to 99 years on the conspiracy to murder count, an unclassified felony, and from five to 20 years on the conspiracy to kidnap charge.

The murder count carries a 20- to 99-year term.

McConnell said the second trial stemming from the Hennagin disappearance, against Joan ''Avis'' McGahan, has been scheduled for June 4.

McGahan, who is Seaman's mother, faces counts of first- and second-degree murder, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to commit murder. McGahan is currently being held at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River. Seaman is jailed at the Cook Inlet Pretrial facility in Anchorage.

Seaman's lawyer, Anchorage attorney Jim McComas, declined to comment on the case.

Kenai police Sgt. Chuck Kopp said his department is pleased with the outcome of the investigation.

''A no-body homicide is extremely difficult to prove,'' Kopp said. ''Rocky Seaman had considerable influence over fellow peddlers in the drug trade who he didn't think would talk. We were glad to get cooperation from those people as well as others who were able to step forward and speak the truth.

''The fact that only one juror was undecided on the murder count is further evidence that the witnesses were credible,'' Kopp said.



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