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Forster indicted for murder

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2003

A Kenai Grand Jury on Tuesday indicted David S. Forster on five criminal counts, including the Christmas Day murder of Kenai Police Officer John Watson.

Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet increased Forster's bail amount from $500,000 to $1 million after additional charges were handed down. At the time of his arrest, Forster was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Forster, 33, of Kenai, was formally charged Tuesday with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of third-degree assault and two counts of domestic-violence-related third-degree assault, allegedly committed Dec. 25.

The indictment charges Forster intentionally caused the death of Officer Watson and placed two other Kenai police officers, Sgt. Scott McBride and Officer Jay Sjogren, in fear of imminent serious physical injury by means of a dangerous instrument.

The domestic-violence charges allege that on Dec. 25, Forster recklessly placed a woman in fear of imminent serious physical injury by means of a dangerous instrument.

Forster is being held in Wildwood Pretrial Facility. If he is released on bail, he would be required to have a court-approved third-party custodian.

A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 5 in Kenai Superior Court.

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