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A Maine man is charged in a 26-year-old cold case rape and murder of a Native woman in Alaska, pleaded not guilty in Fairbanks in the courtroom on Thursday.
But at a hearing Friday, the judge held that the bail for the accused, and Steven Downs, of $1 million, in spite of his defense attorney’s efforts to get it reduced.
“We are not surprised by the outcome,” his lawyer said, according to the Sun Journal. “We’re talking about a serious murder here, as well as the individual, has no active connections to the state of Alaska.”
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Downs, 44, was arrested outside his home in February, after new DNA evidence linked him to the 1993 killing of Sophie Sergie, at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he lived from 1992 to 1996.
Steven Downs will be conducted in a court room for a stop at Anchorage, Alaska, Aug. 6, 2019 at the latest. (The Associated Press)
The DNA was matched by the Downs’ aunt, who had submitted a sample to a genealogy web site.
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Sergie was found sexually assaulted, stabbed, and shot in the back of the head in a bath tub at the college dorm, where the Chronicler lived.
Her mother had taken part in the arrest over the telephone, by means of a Yupik language of the interpreter, and asked whether Football was going to be, “let’s be off.”
“We were expecting that there would be no change to the bar, but it was a good opportunity for us to put forward a number of concerns about the evidence in this case,” the lawyer said, ” the Sun Journal reported.
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Sergie’s family, who was present at the bail hearing and called for it to be $1 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.