Man faces murder rap after crash

Tests show driver was drunk

Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2000

A Kenai Peninsula man is in an Anchorage jail today, charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Martin Richard and Ladd Macaulay of Juneau.

Alaska State Troopers arrested Michael J. Glaser of Crown Point at 11:15 a.m. Monday following his release from Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was also charged with one count of first-degree assault for causing injuries to Steven McGee of Juneau in the same two-vehicle accident on April 19 on the Seward Highway.

Glaser is being held at Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility on $75,000 cash-only bail.

Glaser, 43, was driving a pickup truck south about 4 p.m. April 19 when it crossed the center line near milepost 37.5 of the Seward Highway, north of Seward. The pickup struck a rental car being driven north by Richard with Macaulay and McGee as passengers. Richard and Macaulay were pronounced dead at the scene.

Tests following the crash showed Glaser had a blood-alcohol level of 0.258 percent -- more than two and a half times the state's presumptive limit for drunken driving.

Glaser, an ARCO employee on his way to his home near Seward from the North Slope, was also injured in the crash and was treated for several days at a Soldotna hospital. He subsequently underwent reconstructive surgery on his ankle at Alaska Regional.

Martin Richard, 50, was director of the Division of Investments for the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Division co-worker Ladd Macaulay, 57, was best known as a hatchery advocate and founder of Douglas Island Pink and Chum.

Macaulay's daughter, Cindy Macaulay Cashen, speaking for the entire Macaulay family, said, ``We are satisfied that the grand jury has indicted Glaser with the maximum applicable charges.''

Steven McGee added, ``I feel some satisfaction that justice may be done.''

Macaulay and McGee were good friends. McGee, 49, a nonprofit hatchery expert, has worked for the state Department of Fish and Game for 17 years, all in Juneau.

McGee underwent surgery Monday on his left knee, his wife Bonnie said from his room at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

``He had a broken kneecap and tibia and they had to take some bone from his hip (to repair the damage from the accident). He is on a continuous motion machine that starts the therapy up right after surgery,'' she said, adding he may be released today or tomorrow.

Glaser will be transported to Kenai within the next day or two, according to District Attorney Dwayne McConnell of Kenai.

``This case is unusual in that there was no criminal complaint made; it just went right to the grand jury,'' said McConnell, who would not discuss other details of the case.

Glaser will be arraigned in Kenai and a trial date will be set later, McConnell said.

Second-degree murder refers to a person knowingly engaging in conduct that results in the death of another person under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life.

If convicted, Glaser could be sentenced up to 99 years for each murder charge and up to 20 years for the assault charge.

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