Bail set for man charged with killing Anchorage teen in 1994

Former Fort Richardson soldier linked to victim by DNA evidence

Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2007

ANCHORAGE - The mother of Anchorage murder victim Bonnie Craig got her first look at the man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing her 18-year-old daughter 13 years ago.

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Kenneth M. Dion, 38, entered Superior Court Judge John Suddock's courtroom Friday chained to three other prisoners. He shook his head when Suddock asked if he could afford to hire an attorney.

The judge set Dion's bail at $500,000 cash.

Dion never said a word during the proceeding.

"I'm a little bit disappointed that he didn't speak or that they didn't even read the charges," said Craig's mother, Karen Foster.

Dion was flown to Anchorage on Thursday from New Hampshire, where he has been in prison for a series of armed robberies.

Dion, a former Fort Richardson soldier, was charged earlier this year with murdering Craig after a national computer database matched his DNA to evidence found on Craig's body.

Craig was found floating in McHugh Creek off the Seward Highway on Sept. 28, 1994.

No one knows what happened between the time Craig left home early that morning for classes at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the time her body was found later that day.

Craig's death riveted the city, which soon was papered with signs and posters asking: "Who Killed Bonnie Craig?"

The case went cold and for almost 13 years.

In April, Alaska State Troopers announced that a DNA match had led them to Dion, who was on probation on a robbery charge at the time Craig died. He was indicted in April on charges of murder, rape and kidnapping.

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