Brian Steven Smith is in the courtroom waiting for his arraignment to start Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 at the latest, in Anchorage, Alaska. A public defender entered a not guilty plea for Smith, who is charged with the documentation of the assassination and the murder of Kathleen Henry, in an Anchorage hotel. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A man accused of killing a woman who was seen being strangled in a video on a digital memory card, was charged Thursday with the murder of a different woman, authorities in Alaska said.
Brian (to Steven Smith, acknowledged to detectives that he was the man in the pictures and videos are retrieved from the card, according to a document filed by the state’s Department of Law. Smith, 48, also said he shot another woman and told police where he disposed of her body, the document states.
Integration of the police, it turned out that the woman, Veronica Abouchuk. The embedding of the chief of police of One of Pop told reporters Abouchuk family reported her missing in February, but he said that they had last been seen by them in July of 2018.
A grand jury indicted Smith on Thursday on murder and evidence tampering charges in the death of Abouchuk. In accordance with the bond memo to the Alaska State Troopers earlier this year, we have recovered a skull with gunshot exit wound in an area in the vicinity of the location in Smith’s later delivered.
It has been identified as a Abouchuk, which was referred to by the initials of the document.
Smith previously pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder, sexual abuse, and tampering in the death of the 30-year-old Kathleen Henry. According to the police, and court records, and a memory card was found on the ground in Anchorage which included a video show of its period and a picture of her lying face-down on the back of a pick-up truck.
Smith’s lawyer, Dan Lowery, assistant public defender, said earlier this week that he does not comment on pending cases.
The Department of Justice has requested that the bond be set at $2 million.
The department said Smith is a “huge public safety risk,” and that he considers him a flight risk. “After that, he committed murder, he dumped the body on the side of the road like unwanted trash,” the document states.
Smith came to Alaska to South Africa about five years ago, and became a naturalized citizen of the u.s. in the past month, according to the bond memo. The police were tipped off to Smith after researchers recognized a unique accent in the video are from a different survey.
Bohrer reported from Juneau, Alaska.