KENAI - A 44-year-old Sterling man was charged late Friday as the primary suspect of a recent Soldotna homicide, Alaska State Troopers say.
Lyle D. Ludvick was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Brendan McGee, of Kenai, on July 16.
The Southern Special Emergency Reaction Team was activated Friday morning and surrounded a trailer home in the Backtracker Trailer Park in Sterling after an investigation identified the suspect and his whereabouts. According to troopers, Ludvick surrendered after a short period of negotiations.
He is currently being held at Kenai's Wildwood Pre-Trial facility, said Megan Peters, trooper spokesperson. Peters said she believed Ludvick was to have been arraigned Saturday for the felony offense.
"We feel we have enough evidence to support that charge of it," she said.
On July 16, troopers received a call at 1:50 p.m. reporting the gunshot wound to the head of McGee at an Andrews Avenue home off Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna. Authorities closed the wooded area across from the Duck Inn, a local bar and restaurant, for hours while they conducted a manhunt for Ludvick.
Ludvick has a criminal record dating back nearly 30 years. Most recently, he was charged with felony assault, including domestic violence, and having a concealed weapon.